"WITNESHAM, a parish in the hundred of Carlford, county Suffolk, 4 miles N.E. of Ipswich, near the head of the Fynn, a branch of the river Deben. The soil is generally a stiff loam, with sand and clay pits in various parts. The Meadows family, ancestors of Earl Manvers, have had a seat here since the reign of Richard III. The rectory was once held by Bishop Latimer. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Norwich, value £500, in the patronage of St. Peter's College, Cambridge. The church is dedicated to St. Mary. The register commences in 1531. The Baptists have a chapel. There are National schools. J. W. Woodham, Esq., is lord 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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