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Plomesgate Hundred

"PLOMESGATE, a district and a hundred in the S E of Suffolk. The district comprehends the sub-district of Earl-Soham, containing the parishes of Earl-Soham, Kenton, Brandeston, Kettleburgh, Cretingham, Monewden, and Hoo; the sub-district of Framlingham, containing the parishes of Framlingham, Parham, Easton, and Letheringham; the sub-district of wickham-Market, containing the parishes of Wickham-Market, Hacheston, Marlesford, Campsey-Ash, Blaxhall, Rendlesham, and Eyke; the sub-district of Orford, containing the parishes of Orford, Sudbourne, Iken, Tunstall, Wantisden, Chillesford, and Butley, and the extra-parochial tracts of Havergate-Island, and Gedgrave; the sub-district of Aldeburgh, containing the parishes of Aldeburgh, Hazlewood, Friston, Snape, Sternfield, Benhall, Farnham, and Stratford, St. Andrew; and the sub-district of Saxmundham, containing the parishes of Saxmundham, Rendham, Swefling, Bruisyard, Cransford, Great Glemham, and Little Glemham.

Acres, 75,064. Poor-rates in 1863, £9, 869. Pop. in 1851, 21, 477; in 1861, 20, 720. Houses, 4, 414. Marriages in 1863, 150; births, 681, of which 55 were illegitimate; deaths, 397, of which124 were at ages under 5 years, and 27 at ages above 85. Marriages in the ten years 1851-60, 1, 408; births, 6, 430; deaths, 4, 200. The places of worship, in 1851, were 40 of the Church of England, with 8, 379 sittings; 7 of Independents, with 2, 141 s.; 7 of Baptists, with 1, 271 s.; 7 of Wesleyans, with 1, 136 s.; 2 of Primitive Methodists, with 303 s.; and 1 undefined, with 100 s. The schools were 24 public day-schools, with 1, 714 scholars; 53 private day-schools, with 1, 104 s.; 39 Sunday schools, with 2, 586 s.; and 3 evening schools for adults, with 89 s. The workhouse is in Wickham-Market; and, at the census of1861, had 133 inmates. The hundred comprehends only the Aldeburgh and Saxmundham sub-districts, six parishes of Orford sub-district, and one in each of two other sub-districts. Acres, 45, 389. Pop., in 1851, 11, 424; in 1861, 11, 113. Houses, 2, 518."

(From John Marius Wilson's 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 Districts of Plomesgate and Woodbridge.

See also Suffolk Registration Districts.

PLOMESGATE RD in 1836 - 40 parishes, the 23 in Plomesgate Hundred, Wickham Market in Wilford Hundred and 16 of the 18 in Loes Hundred. The two exceptions of the latter being Kenton and Woodbridge which are in Woodbridge Union. Plomesgate Union is divided into 6 sub-districts :- Earl Soham, Saxmundham, Aldeburgh, Orford, Wickham Market, and Framlingham.

WOODBRIDGE RD in 1836 - 46 parishes comprising the 28 of Colneis and Carlford Hundreds, Woodbridge and Charlsfield in Loes Hundred and 16 of the 17 parishes in Wilford Hundred, the exception being Wickham Market which is in Plomesgate Union. Woodbridge Union is divided into 4 sub-districts :- Woodbridge & Wilford Town, Woodbridge Outer, Carlford and Colneis.

Historical Geography

See Vision of Britain for a description and historical details of Plomesgate through time.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

The Workhouse site has an interesting description of Plomesgate Workhouse.