"BILDESTON, (or Bilston), a parish in the hundred of Cosford, in the county of Suffolk, 5 miles to the N.W. of Hadleigh, where is the nearest station of the Great Eastern railway. Ipswich is its post town. It lies in a pleasant valley, watered by a small stream, a branch of the river Bret. This place was once a market town, and the seat of a woollen manufacture. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Ely, of the value of £346, in the patronage of the Rev. Joseph Gedge, M.A., incumbent. The church, a spacious building, contains a brass of 1599, and is dedicated to St. Mary. The rectory, rebuilt within a few years, is well situated on a hill commanding an extensive view of the surrounding country. The Baptists have a chapel here, and there is a National school-house nearly in the centre of the town. The fairs which were formerly held here are now obsolete.
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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