Descriptive Gazetteer Entry for BOTESDALE

BOTESDALE, a village, a chapelry, and a subdistrict, in Hartismere district, Suffolk. The village stands 3 miles WNW of Mellis r. station, and 7 WNW of Eye; consists chiefly of one long street; has a post office‡ under Scole, a banking office, an inn, a church, and a free grammar school; and is a polling-place. The church is later English, restored; and contains the remains and monuments of Sir Nicholas Bacon and Lord Chief Justice Holt. The grammar school was founded in 1576, by Sir N. Bacon; and has six exhibitions at Corpus Christi college, Cambridge. A weekly market is held on Saturday; and a fair on Holy Thursday. The name Botesdale is a corruption of Botolph's Dale. Pop., 580. Houses, 139.—The chapelry includes the village; lies in Redgrave parish, and is a p. curacy, annexed to Redgrave rectory, in the diocese of Norwich-The subdistrict comprises seven parishes. Acres, 15,081. Pop., 5,288. Houses, 1,135.

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

Linked entities:
Feature Description: "a village, a chapelry, and a subdistrict"   (ADL Feature Type: "populated places")
Administrative units: Hartismere PLU/RegD       Suffolk AncC
Place: Botesdale

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