"DEPDEN, a parish in the hundred of Risbridge, in the county of Suffolk, 7 miles S.W. of Bury St. Edmund's, and 6½ N.E. of Clare, The village is small, and wholly agricultural. The land is chiefly arable, with a small tract of common. The living is a rect* in the diocese of Ely, value £425, in the patronage of the lord chancellor. The church, dedicated to St. Mary, is an old brick and stone structure, recently repaired and enlarged. It contains a brass to Lady Ann Jermyn, and several stained glass windows; also a valuable communion service, the gift of Anthony Sparrow, who was successively Bishop of Exeter and Norwich, and a native of this place. The churchyard, extending over nearly two acres of ground, is tastefully laid out and kept in good order. There is a free school for both sexes, also a Sunday-school. Sir R. Shafto Adair, Bart., is lord 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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