Hengrave

HENGRAVE, a parish, in the union and hundred of Thingoe, W. division of the county of Suffolk, 3¾ miles (N. N. W.) from Bury St. Edmund's; containing 228 inhabitants. The parish is intersected by the navigable river Lark, over which is a neat bridge. Hengrave Hall, built by Sir Thomas Kytson in the reign of Henry VIII., is a fine specimen of the domestic style of that period. The living is a rectory, united to that of Flempton, and valued in the king's books at £9. 7. 1.: the tithes have been commuted for £241. Since the union of the livings in 1589, the inhabitants have attended the church of Flempton; but the church of Hengrave, a small edifice with a round tower, and containing many fine monuments of great variety and interest, is still kept up as a mausoleum for the family residing at the Hall. An almshouse of four tenements was founded by Sir T. Kytson the younger, and endowed with a rent-charge of £30 by his widow in the 20th year of the reign of James I.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, 7th edition, published in 1848.

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