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"BARSHAM, a parish in the hundred and union of Wangford, in the county of Suffolk, 2 miles to the W. of Beccles, and 4 miles E. of Bungay, its post town. It is situated in the vale on the south bank of the river Waveney. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Norwich, of the value of £531, in the patronage of the Rev. A. J. Suckling, whose family have held the manor for a long period. The church, which is dedicated to the Holy Trinity, is an antique structure, with thatched roof and round tower. It contains a monumental brass of the year 1380. The rectory house is a fine old mansion, standing near the church and surrounded by 82 acres of glebe. It was once the residence of the Rev. Alfred Suckling, LL. B., author of the "History and Antiquities of Suffolk." It was here that Miss Suckling, the mother of the renowned admiral, Lord Nelson, was born. Lawrence Echard, the historian and antiquary, was also a native of this village."

Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)



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