In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Bosmere like this:
BOSMERE, a lake, a district, and a hundred in Suffolk. The lake lies 1 mile SE of Needham-Market; is an expansion of the river Gipping; covers about 30 acres; and abounds with fish. Bosmere Hall, the seat of the Hall family, is adjacent.The district comprehends the subdistrict of Needham-Market, containing the parishes of Great Blakenham, Baylham, Barking, Creeting-St. Mary, Creeting-All-Saints, Creeting-St. Olave, Little Stonham, Earl Stonham, Badley, Battisford, Ringshall, Great Bricett, Willisham, Offton, Nettlestead, Somersham, Little Blakenham, Bramford, and Flowton; and the subdistrict of Coddenham, containing the parishes of Coddenham, Gosbeck, Hemingstone, Ash-Bocking, Swilland, Henley, Akenham, Claydon, Barham, Ashfield-with-Thorpe, Framsden, Helmingham, Pettaugh, Winston, Debenham, Mickfield, and Stouham-Aspall, and the parochial chapelry of Crowfield. ...
Acres, 57,899. Poor rates in 1866, £8,376. Pop. in 1861, 16,174. Houses, 3,547. Marriages in 1866, 124; births, 481,-of which 46 were illegitimate; deaths, 309,-of which 91 were at ages under 5 years, and 11 at ages above 85. Marriages in the ten years 1851-60, 1,084; births, 5,231; deaths, 3,131. The places of worship in 1851 were 39 of the Church of England, with 6,823 sittings; 8 of Independents, with 3,065 s.; 7 of Baptists, with 1,171 s.; 1 of Quakers, with 200 s.; 1 of Wesleyan Methodists, with 84 s.; and 2 of Primitive Methodists, with 114 s. The schools were 24 public day schools, with 1,169 scholars; 37 private day schools, with 697 s.; 41 Sunday schools, with 2,103 s.; and 2 evening schools for adults, with 63 s. The workhouse is in Barham. The hundred bears the name of Bosmere and Claydon; and is mainly identical with the district, but of less extent. Acres, 49,331. Pop., 13,128. Houses, 2,848.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Bosmere in Mid Suffolk | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 19th June 2013
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