"COVEHITHE, (or North Hales), a parish in the hundred of Blything, in the county of Suffolk, 3 miles N.E. of Southwold, and 5 E. of Wangford, its post town. The land is marshy, and the village much decayed. In former times the inhabitants were engaged in the fisheries, and cloth was manufactured. The living is a discharged vicarage annexed to the rectory of Benacre, in the diocese of Norwich, value 28, in the patronage of the trustees of the late Air Edward S. Gooch, Bart., who are lords of the manor, the present baronet being a minor. The church, dedicated to St. Andrew, has a handsome tower. The charities amount to 25 per annum. Here is a parochial school for both sexes. Bishop Bale, the antiquary, was born here in 1495.

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



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