"BELSTEAD, a parish in the hundred of Samford, in the county of Suffolk, 4 miles to the S.W. of Ipswich, its post town. The Eastern Union railway runs through the parish, and has a station at Bentley, about two miles to the N. of the village, which is a small straggling place. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Norwich, of the value of £370, in the patronage of the Rev. E. J. Lockwood, rector. The church, dedicated to St. Mary, contains a tablet to the memory of Admiral Sir Robert Harland. The register dates from the year 1539. There is a small chapel belonging to the Independents, and a new rectory house, built by the present rector. Lady Harland is lady of the manor."
Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)
Descriptions and photographs of churches in the parish may be found in Simon Knott's Suffolk Churches.
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