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"SOTTERLEY, a parish in the hundred of Wangford, county Suffolk, 4 miles N. of Wangford, its post town, and 6 S.E. of Beccles. The village is wholly agricultural. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Norwich, value £257. The church, dedicated to St. Margaret, has a square embattled tower containing two bells. The interior of the church contains several old monuments and five brasses of the Playton family, the earliest bearing date 1479. The register dates from 1547. The parochial charities produce about £9 per annum, realised from enclosure and poor's land. There is a parochial school for both sexes. The Hall, which is the principal residence, is situated in a well-wooded park."

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


  • Cemetery, Waterloo Road-Southwell Lane, Cemetery

  • St Margaret, N of Sotterley Hall-Sotterley Park, Church of England


  • St Margaret, N of Sotterley Hall-Sotterley Park, Church of England

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