"GREAT and LITTLE WENHAM, two parishes in the incorporation and hundred of Samford, county Suffolk, 4 miles S.E. of Hadleigh, and 8 S.W. of Ipswich. At Little Wenham the old seat of the Brewes family, which affords the earliest example of the use of Flemish brick extant, is now converted into a granary. The living of Great Wenham is a rectory,* value 250, in the patronage of the Bishop of Norwich, and that of Little Wenham, also a rectory, consolidated with that of Capel St. Mary. The church of the former parish, dedicated to St. John, has a brass, double canopied, and the latter, an ancient structure of the 13th century, contains memorials of the Brewes family. The registers date respectively from 1643 and 1558.

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



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