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"WRENTHAM, a parish in the hundred of Blything, county Suffolk, 5 miles N.W. of Southwold, 8 S.E. of Beccles, and 3 N.E. of Wrongford, on the road from London to Yarmouth. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Norwich, value £586. The church, dedicated to St. Nicholas, was repaired in 1831 and in 1853. In the interior are an organ presented by the late rector, a painted window by Hardman, representing the Ascension, some modern tesselated pavement, and two brasses, date 1400. The charities produce about £55 per annum. The Independents and Wesleyans have chapels. There are National, infant, and Foreign and British schools. William Wotton was born here in 1666."

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


  • Cemetery, Chapel Road-Priory Road, Cemetery

  • St Nicholas, Chapel Road-B1127, Church of England


  • URC, Chapel Road, Congregational

  • St Nicholas, Chapel Road-B1127, Church of England

  • Chapel, High Street, Primitive Methodist
  • Chapel, The Old Chapel-Waterloo Road-Wrentham West End, Wesleyan Methodist

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