"HERRINGFLEET, a parish in the hundred of Mutford, county Suffolk, 6 miles W. of Lowestoft, its post town, 7 S.W. of Yarmouth, and 1 mile N. of Somerleyton railway station. The village is small, and situated near the navigable river Waveney, over which is a bridge called St. Olave's. The houses have an irregular appearance. There are traces of a priory of Black Canons, founded in the reign of Henry III. by Roger Fitz Osbert. It continued till the Dissolution, when its revenue was returned at 49 11s. 7d., and the site granted to Henry Jernyngham. The living is a donative curacy in the diocese of Norwich. The church, dedicated to St. Margaret, is an ancient structure, with a round tower containing two bells. The interior of the church contains some stained windows. The register dates from 1706. The parochial charities produce about 34 per annum. Here is an endowed National school for both sexes. Herringfleet Hall is situated in a wooded park, and commands extensive views of the surrounding country. Henry Mussenden Leathes, Esq., is lord of the manor and principal landowner."

"ST. OLAVE, a priory on the river Waveney, in the parish of Herringfleet, county Suffolk, 6 miles S.W. of Yarmouth. It is now a ruin."

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



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