Ipswich Hundred

"IPSWICH, a district and a hundred in the S of Suffolk. The district comprehends the sub-district of Capel, St. Mary, containing the parishes of Capel, St. Mary, Holton, St. Mary, Raydon, Shelley, Higham, Stratford, St. Mary, East Bergholt, Great Wenham, Little Wenham, Copdock, Washbrook, Chattisham, Hintlesham, Burstall, and Sproughton; and the sub-district of Holbrook, containing the parishes of Holbrook, Stutton, Brantham, Harkstead, Erwarton, Shotley, Chelmondiston, Woolverstone, Freston, Tattingstone, Bentley, Belstead, and Wherstead. Acres, 50, 230. Poor-rates in 1863, £5, 901. Pop., in 1851, 12, 493; in 1861, 12, 736. Houses, 2, 749. Marriages in 1863, 68; births, 399, of which 17 were illegitimate; deaths, 300, of which 104 were at ages under 5 years, and 8 at ages above 85. Marriages in the ten years 1851-60, 858; births, 4, 113; deaths, 2, 469. The places of worship, in 1851, were 29 of the Church of England, with 6, 450sittings; 8 of Independents, with 1, 362 s.; 1 of Baptists, with 330 s.; 7 of Wesleyans, with 950 s.; and 3 of Primitive Methodists, with 244 s. The schools were 21 public day-schools, with 1, 176 scholars; 29 private day-schools, with 490 s.; 25 Sunday schools, with 1, 224 s.; and 1 evening school for adults, with 6 s. The work-house is in Tattingstone. The hundred is very nearlyidentical with the district."

(From John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72).)

Civil Registration

In 1836, White's Description of the Poor Law Unions and Registration Districts shows this Hundred to be served by the Registration District of Ipswich.

See also Suffolk Registration Districts.

IPSWICH RD in 1836 - 14 parishes comprising 12 in the town of Ipswich plus the parishes of Westerfield and Whitton which are mostly within the liberty of the borough.

Historical Geography

See A Vision of Britain for a description of Ipswich through time.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

The Workhouse site has an interesting description of Ipswich Workhouse.