"GREAT SAXHAM, a parish in the hundred of Thingoe, county Suffolk, 5 miles S.W. of Bury St. Edmund's, its post town. It is a station on the Cambridge, Newmarket, and Bury branch of the Great Eastern railway. The village, which is of small extent, is situated on a branch of the river Lark, and is wholly agricultural. The manor once belonged to Bury Abbey, and came to the Eldreds, who erected Nutmeg Hall. The soil is of a mixed nature, with a clayey subsoil. The tithes have been commuted for a rent-charge of 369, and the glebe comprises 13 acres. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Ely, value 330. The church, dedicated to St. Andrew, is an ancient edifice, with a tower containing three belle. There are two memorial windows in the chancel, also a painted E. window over the communion table. The interior contains monuments to the Eldred family. The parochial charities produce about 36 per annum. There are day and Sunday schools. Saxham Hall, the residence of the Millses, is a square stone mansion situated in the centre of a well-wooded park. William Mills, Esq., is lord of the manor.

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



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