"EARL STONHAM, a parish in the hundred of Bosmere, county Suffolk, 3 miles N.E. of Needham Market, and 5 E. of Stowmarket. It was once a market town, and is still a very considerable place, forming part of the Duke of Norfolk's liberty, for which he appoints a coroner. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Norwich, value £659, in the patronage of Pembroke College, Cambridge. The church is dedicated to St. Mary. The interior is beautifully carved. The parochial charities produce about £120 per annum. The Baptists have a chapel. There are National schools. Messrs. Jackson and Sparks are lords 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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