"BUTLEY, a parish in the hundred of Loes, in the county of Suffolk, 6 miles to the E. of Woodbridge, its post town, which is also a station on the East Suffolk railway. A projected branch from Woodbridge to Yoxford will pass near Butley. The parish is situated on the W. bank of the Butley river, or creek, a branch of the Alde, and was the site of a priory of the Dominican order, founded about 1171 by the great lawyer and Lord Chief Justice of England, Ranulph de Glanville. This monastery, subsequently rebuilt by William de Auberville, a descendant of the founder, was richly endowed, and had a revenue at the Dissolution of 319. There are some remains of the buildings, which covered about 12 acres of ground. The gatehouse is almost perfect, and a part is occupied as a residence. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Norwich, value with that of Capel St. Andrew annexed, 135, in the patronage of the trustees of P. J. Thellusson, Esq. The church is dedicated to St. John Baptist. There are some charities of trifling value."

"TANGHAM, a hamlet in the parish of Butley, hundred of Plomesgate, county Suffolk."

Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)
Transcribed by Colin Hinson © 2003



Church History

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