Blythburgh  Suffolk


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Blythburgh like this:

BLYTHBURGH, a village and a parish in Blything. district, Suffolk. The village stands on the river Blythe, 3½ miles NNE of Darsham r. station, and 4½ ESE of Halesworth. It was formerly a market-town, of some note; but it suffered severely from a fire and other events in the 17th century, and went into decay. ...

A fair is still held at it on 5 April. A priory of Black canons stood here; was given by Henry I. to St. Osyth's Abbey in Essex; and passed, at the dissolution, to Sir Arthur Hopeton; and some trifling remains of its buildings still exist.—The parish includes also the hamlets of Hinton and Bulcamp; and its Post Town is Wenhaston, under Halesworth. Acres, 4,116. Real property, £4,383. Pop., 832. Houses, 128. The manor belongs to Sir J. R. Blois, Bart.; and Henham Hall to the Earl of Stradbroke. A battle between Anna king of East Anglia and Penda king of Mercia, in which the former was slain, was fought at Bulcamp in 654. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Norwich. Value, £81. Patron, Sir J. R. Blois, Bart. The church is fine early English, very much decayed; and has painted windows, a font, and remains of ancient monuments. There are a Primitive Methodist chapel and the Blything workhouse.

Blythburgh through time

Blythburgh is now part of Suffolk Coastal district. Click here for graphs and data of how Suffolk Coastal has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Blythburgh itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Blythburgh in Suffolk Coastal | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 23rd April 2024

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