" SAXMUNDHAM, a parish, post and market town in the hundred of Plomesgate, county Suffolk, 7 miles S.E. of Aldborough, and 19 N.E. of Ipswich. It is a station on the East Suffolk section of the Great Eastern railway. It is situated in a valley between two hills on the road to London, and near a small stream which falls into the Ore. The town, supposed to be of Saxon origin, is well built, comprising many modern houses. Its chief street,running N. and S., forms part of the turnpike road from London to Yarmouth. A brisk trade is done in corn and malt, considerable quantities of which are shipped from Snape and Iken wharfs for London. There are two banks and assembly rooms. It is a polling-place for the county elections. The inhabitants are plentifully supplied with water from springs. The tithes have been commuted for a rent-charge of £275, and the glebe comprises 29 acres. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Norwich, value £275. The church, dedicated to St. John the Baptist, has a tower containing five bells. It stands a little southward of the town, and contains tombs of the Long family. The register dates from 1558. The parochial charities produce about £52 per annum. There is a free school supported by the Long family. The house of industry was destroyed in a riot in 1766. Hurts Hall, the principal residence, is the seat of W. Long, Esq., who is lord of the manor. Market day is on Wednesday. Fairs are held on Whit-Tuesday and 23rd September."

From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)



  • Saxmundham in the 1840s, by Suzanna G. Burnay, ISBN 0-9542134-0-8, Sigma Books
    An A4 booklet in the Suffolk Snapshots series aimed at local historians and genealogists, providing a snapshot of Saxmundham in the 1840's. Contains information from tithe maps, the 1841 census and parish records, with detailed maps and indexes for people and field names. 

Description & Travel

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The Saxmundham web site provides general information about modern-day Saxmundham including the Saxmundham Town Trail and a Short History of Saxmundham.


Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Saxmundham has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



Saxmundham Museum has a copy of the "Offical Guide to Saxmundham" by J.S.Waddell c1940.

This includes summary descriptions of their advertisers, including I. & J. ASHFORD, LTD., House Furnishers, High Street; THE BELL HOTEL, High Street; W. A. & A. C. CHURCHMAN, Tobacco Manufacturers, Ipswich; A. MATTINSON, Wireless Dealer, South Entrance; THE NORTH LAUNDRY (Aldeburgh) LTD., Aldeburgh; F. W. POOLE, Grocer and Wine and Spirit Merchant, Suffolk House, High Street; E.G.B. REYNOLDS, Sports Depot, Chantry Road; THE PLAYHOUSE, Church Street, and the SAXMUNDHAM GAS COMPANY LTD.

A Brief History of Saxmundham.



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TM385631 (Lat/Lon: 52.214053, 1.490107), Saxmundham which are provided by:


Military History

The Saxmundham Roll of Honour commemorates those who gave their lives for their country in the two World Wars.



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1851 1,180
1861 1,222
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  • The Saxmundham Local History Society holds regular meetings in the town.