In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Belstead like this:
BELSTEAD, a parish in Samford district, Suffolk; near the Eastern Union railway, 3½ miles SW of Ipswich. Post Town, Ipswich. Acres, 1,022. Real property, £1,849. Pop., 292. Houses, 57. The property is divided among a few. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Norwich. Value, £370.* Patron, the Rev. E. J. Lockwood. The church is tolerable; and there is an Independent chapel.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Belstead, in Babergh and Suffolk | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 24th March 2017
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