"HAWKEDON, (or Hardon), a parish in the hundred of Risbridge, county Suffolk, 6 miles N.E. of Clare, and 9 S.W. of Bury St. Edmund's. The village is small, but neatly built. The tithes have been commuted for a rent-charge of £360, with 50 acres of glebe awarded in 1841. The rectory house is a handsome structure built in 1850, and commands extensive views. The parish consists of the two manors of Thurston Hall and Hawkedon Hall; of the former H. J. Oakes, Esq., is lord, and of the latter J. E. Hale, Esq. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Ely, value £400. The church, dedicated to St. Mary, is an ancient edifice with a tower containing five bells. It has a handsome E. window, several monuments and brasses, and a very old font. There is a National school, built in 1848.
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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