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Topographical, Historical, and Descriptive,
THE RESULT OF PERSONAL SURVEY.
BY MR. SHOBERL.
ILLUSTRATED WITH THIRTEEN ENGRAVINGS AND A MAP.
PRINTED FOR J.HARRIS, CORNER OF ST. PAUL'S CHURCHYARD,
England and Wales.
SITUATION AND EXTENT.
SUFFOLK is bounded on the north by Norfolk, on the east by the German Ocean, on the south by Essex, from which it is divided by the river Stour, and on the west by Cambridgeshire. On Mr. Hodskinson's map of this county may be measured an oblong of almost unindented form, forty-seven miles long by twenty-seven broad. The land stretching beyond it in the northeast and north-west parts will more than compensate the deficiency in other quarters. This form indicates a surface of 1269 square miles, or 812,160 acres. In Templeman's Survey, he makes it only 1236 square miles; but Mr. Arthur Young is of opinion that the superficial contents of Suffolk may be computed at about 800,000 acres.
DIVISION AND POPULATION.-Its two grand divisions are, the franchise or liberty of Bury St. Edmund's, and the body of the county, or guildable land, each of which furnishes a distinct grand jury for the county assizes. These are subdivided into twenty-one hundreds, comprehending 523 parishes. The hundreds, according to the return made in 1801, are as follow:
In order to obtain an accurate knowledge of the population of Suffolk, Mr. Arthur Young took the trouble, in 1796, to write to all the rectors and vicars in the county, requesting the births and burials from their registers for the twenty preceding years, with an enumeration of the houses and people. To above four hundred letters, he received two hundred and sixty answers. These enabled him to form
*The last ten hundred are incorporated.
↑ In the original here is an error; it is entered 1086, but by turning to the detail it appears to be 1986.