Stowmarket  Suffolk


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Stowmarket like this:

STOWMARKET, a town, a parish, and a sub-district, in Stow district, Suffolk. The town stands on the river Gipping, and on the Eastern Union railway, 12 miles NW by N of Ipswich; had two churches at Domesday; was given by Henry II. to Osyth abbey; was once the county town; is now a seat of petty session and county courts, and a polling place; comprises several well built old streets, and several new ones; and has a head post-office,‡ a r. ...

station with telegraph, two banking offices, two good hotels, a corn exchange and assembly-rooms built in 1836, an early and decorated English church restored in 1865, an Independent chapel in the decorated English style built in 1862, four other dissenting churches, a new cemetery with two handsome chapels, a mechanics' institute, national and British schools, and charities £303. A weekly market is held on Thursday; a cattle-show, in Sept.; a horticultural show, in July; and fairs, on 10 July and 12 Aug. A considerable transit traffic is carried on; and there are an iron foundry, an agricultural implement manufactory, a large chemical manure manufactory, and extensive paper-making works. Pop. in 1851, 3,161; in 1861, 3,531. Houses, 749.—The parish includes Gipping hamlet, and comprises 2,177 acres. Real property, £14,724. Pop. in 1851, 3,404; in 1861, 3,639. Houses, 772. The manor belongs to J. F. Robinson, Esq. Abbotts Hall occupies the site of the abbot of St. Osyth's grange; and is the seat of W. Prentice, Esq. The living is a vicarage, united with Stow-Upland, in the diocese of Norwich. Value, £380.* Patrons, the Representatives of the late Rev. A. G. H. Hollingsworth. Dr. Young, the tutor of Milton, was vicar.—The sub-district contains 9 parishes. Acres, 16,577. Pop., 8,367. Houses, 1,789.

Stowmarket through time

Stowmarket is now part of Mid Suffolk district. Click here for graphs and data of how Mid Suffolk has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Stowmarket itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Stowmarket in Mid Suffolk | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 21st March 2019

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