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"FRESTON, a parish in the hundred of Sampford, county Suffolk, 3 miles S. of Ipswich, its post town, and 3 N.E. of the railway station at Bentley. It is situate on the western bank of the river Orwell. Here stands a square tower, believed to have been built by the Latymer family. In size it is about 10 feet by 12, and rises to the height of six stories. The country along the banks of the Orwell is beautifully undulated and richly wooded, and the general scenery is highly picturesque. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Norwich, value £369. The church is a neat edifice, dedicated to St. Peter, and has several monuments of the Bond family. The register commences is 1560. Sir P. Broke is lord of the manor. Freston Lodge is the principal residence."

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


  • St Peter, Freston Street, Church of England



  • St Peter, Freston Street, Church of England

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