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Stow Hundred

"STOW, a district and a hundred in Suffolk. The district lies around Stowmarket; contains 33 parishes; and is cut into the sub-districts of Stowmarket, Rattlesden, and Walsham-le-Willows. Acres, 55,342. Poor rates in 1863, £10,624. Pop. in 1851, 21,110; in 1861, 20,908. Houses, 4,471. Marriages in 1863, 138; births, 676,-of which 56 were illegitimate; deaths, 488,-of which 185 were at ages under 5 years, and 13 at ages above 85. Marriages in the ten years 1851-60, 1,395; births, 6,762; deaths, 4,010. The places of worship, in 1851, were 35 of the Church of England, with 8,947 sittings; 8 of Independents, with 3, 508 s.; 12 of Baptists, with 2, 360 s.; 8 of Wesleyans, with 916 s.; 10 of Primitive Methodists, with 703 s.; 1 of Brethren, with 300 s.: and 4 undefined, with 500 s. The schools were 25 public day-schools, with 1, 669 scholars; 59 private day-schools, with 1, 161 s.; and 46 Sunday schools, with 2,989 s. - The hundred contains only 13 parishes. Acres, 21,965. Pop. in 1851, 9,740; in 1861, 9,817. Houses, 2,088."

(From John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72).)

Civil Registration

In 1836, White's Description of the Poor Law Unions and Registration Districts shows this Hundred to be served by the Registration District of Stow.

See also Brett Langston's Suffolk Registration Districts.

Historical Geography

See A Vision of Britain for a description of Stow through time.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

The Workhouse site has an interesting description of Stow Workhouse.