In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Saxmundham like this:
SAXMUNDHAM, a small town, a parish, and a sub-district, in Plomesgate district, Suffolk. The town stands between two hills, on a rivulet running into the Alde, and on the Ipswich and Yarmouth railway, at thejunction of the branch to Aldborough, 22½ miles N E of Ipswich; consists chiefly of one street, running N and S; is well-built, and has been much improved; and has a head post-office, ‡ a railway station with telegraph, two banking offices, a hotel, a public room for corn-market and other purposes, an ancient church, Independent and Baptist chapels, a free school, and charities £52. ...
A weekly market is held on Wednesday; and fairs, on Whit-Tuesday and 23 Sept. The parish comprises 1,011acres. Real property, £4, 380; of which £50 are in gas-works. Pop. in 1851, 1, 180; in 1861, 1, 222. Houses, 273. The manor, with Hurts Hall, belongs to W. Long, Esq. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Norwich. Value, £300.* Patron, W. Long, Esq.The sub-district contains 7 parishes. Acres, 9, 435. Pop., 3, 109. Houses, 696.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Saxmundham has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Suffolk Coastal. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Saxmundham and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Saxmundham in Suffolk Coastal | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 09th December 2013
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