In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Hartismere like this:
HARTISMERE, a district and a hundred in the N of Suffolk. The district comprehends the sub-district of Mendlesham, containing the parishes of Mendlesham, Wetheringsett, Aspall, Rishangles, Thwaite, WickhamSkeith, Finningham, Cotton, Bacton, Wyverstone, and Westhorpe; the sub-district of Botesdale, containing the parishes of Redgrave, Rickinghall-Superior, Gislingham, Wortham, Palgrave, Burgate, and Mellis; and the subdistrict of Eye, containing the parishes of Eye, Braise. worth, Yaxley, Thrandeston, Stuston, Brome, Oakley. ...
Redlingfield, Occold, Stoke-Ash, Thorndon-All-Saints, Thornham-Magna, and Thornham-Parva. Acres, 54, 215. Poor rates in 1863, £9, 662. Pop. in 1851, 19, 028; in 1861, 17, 665. Houses, 3, 684. Marriages in 1862, 129; births, 602, -of which 62 were illegitimate; deaths, 328, of which 116 were at ages under 5 years, and 19 at ages above 85. Marriages in the ten years 1851-60, 1, 273; births, 5, 941; deaths, 3, 587. The places of worship, in 1851, were 31 of the Church of England, with 8, 756 sittings; 1 of Independents, with 400 s.; 11 of Baptists, with 2, 305 s.; 8 of Wesleyan Methodists, with 947 s.; 6 of Primitive Methodists, with 523 s.; and 3 of Wesleyan Reformers, with 266 s. The schools were 23 public day schools, with 1, 224 scholars; 36 private day schools, with 536 s.; 34 Sunday schools, with 1, 903 s.; and 1 evening school for adults, with 27 s. There are two workhouses, the one in Wortham, the other in Eye.- The hundred is generally identical with the district, but of less extent. Acres, 49, 895. Pop. in 1851, 16, 441; in 1861, 15, 235. Houses, 3, 195.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Hartismere in Mid Suffolk | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 25th April 2015
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