"HOLBROOK, a parish in the hundred of Samford, county Suffolk, 6 miles S. of Ipswich its post town, and 3 from the Bentley station on the Great Eastern railway. The village, which is small, is situated near Holbrook Bay, on the river Stour, which at flood-tide is 2 miles in breadth at this place. The inhabitants are chiefly employed in agriculture. The soil is a sandy loam. The surface rises gradually from the bank of the river to an elevation of 100 feet, forming an elevated plain. The tithes have been commuted for a rent-charge of £488. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Norwich, value £424. The church, dedicated to All Saints, is an ancient structure, with a square tower. In the interior are monuments of the Clenches, who held the manor, and a brass bearing date 1470. The register dates from Queen Elizabeth's reign. The parochial charities produce about £2 per annum. Here is a National school for both sexes, and a boarding-school in the village. The Wesleyans have a place of worship. John Berners, Esq., is lord of the manor and sole landowner."
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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