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AND THE TOWNS NEAR ITS BORDERS ;
Histories, & Statistical & Topographical
DESCRIPTIONS OF ALL THE
HUNDREDS, LIBERTIES, UNIONS,
Boroughs, Towns, Ports,
SHEWING THEIR EXTENT AND POPULATION;
merce; their Charities and Public Institutions ; 'their Churches and Chapels;
Seats of Nobility and Gentry ;
And a Variety of other
In ONE VOLUME, with a MAP of the County.
BY WILLIAM WHITE,
AUTHOR OF SIMILAR WORKS FOR NORFOLK, LINCOLNSHIRE, YORKSHIRE,
AND OTHER COUNTIES.
PRINTED FOR THE AUTHOR,
BY HIS AGENTS, AND THE BOOKSELLERS.
Though SUFFOLK is one of the most important Agricultural and Maritime Counties in England, no General History and Topography of it, on a satisfactory scale, has hitherto been published; and the printed information relating to its principal Towns is rather scanty, loose, and indigested, except the “Guide to Ipswich,” published by Mr. Wodderspoon, in 1842. “ The Suffolk Traveller," published by John Kirby, in one small volume, in 1735, and of which a new edition was published in 1764, as noticed at page 76, is the only distinct work that has hitherto appeared on the topography of the county in general. Messrs. Davy and Jermyn commenced collecting materials for a voluminous history of the county more than thirty years ago, and their manuscript labours are now in the hands of D. E. Davy, Esq., of Ufford, who is making extensive additions, with the view of publishing the Work at some future period.
In presenting to an indulgent public, the following essay towards a popular History and complete Topography of Suffolk, with a Directory of its principal inhabitants, the Author has to tender his grateful acknowledgments to many literary and official gentlemen of the county, for their valuable assistance, and also to three thousand Subscribers, who have honoured him with their patronage. Authenticity being the grand requisite of topography, all possible care has been taken to avoid errors; every parish, and almost every house in the county, has been visited, and the information either collected or verified on the spot; it is therefore hoped that the following pages will be found as free from inaccuracies as is compatible with the vast body of information, and the great variety of subjects compressed within their ample limits.
The PLAN OF THE WORK embraces 'a General Historical and Descriptive Survey of the County, shewing its Extent and Population, its Civil, Ecclesiastj. cal, and other Divisions and Liberties; its Soil, Agriculture, Trade, Commerce, Manufactures, Produce, Rivers, Navigations, Fisheries, &c.; the Seats of its Nobility, Gentry, and Clergy; the Magistrates and Public Officers, and a variety of other information ; followed by separate Statistical Descriptions of its twentyone HUNDREDS, and Histories and Directories of all the Boroughs, Towns, Parishes, Villages, and Hamlets, in each of these divisons; shewing the Poor Law Unions, Deaneries, Archdeaconries, and Manors, in which they are respectively comprised. This arrangement, proceeding en route from Ipswich on the east, and Bury St. Edmund's on the west, presents in a readable form, a connected Topography of a whole Division or Hundred ; and the copious Index of Places gives the volume all the advantages of an Alphabetical Gazetteer.
The Parochial Histories shew the situation, extent, and population of the Boroughs, Towns, Villages, &c.; the Owners of the Soil and Lords of t1:- Manors; the Churches, Chapels, Charities, and Public Institutions; and th substance of all that relates to Suffolk in the works of ancient and modern Authors, and in the voluminous Parliamentary Reports on Population, Charities, Church Revenues, Agriculture, Poor Law Unions, &c. The value of the benefices in the King's Books, or Liber Regis, according to a valuation made in 1535, is distinguished by the contraction K.B., but in all cases, their present value, or that in 1835, is added, together with an account of glebe lands and tithe commutations. The Directory of each place follows its History, presenting in an easy classification for reference, the Addresses and Occupations of the principal Inhabitants ; Post Office Regulations; and the Arrival and Departure of Coaches, Carriers, Steam Packets, and Trading Vessels. Sheffield, February 1st, 1844.