In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Debenham like this:
DEBENHAM, a small town and a parish in Bosmere district, Suffolk. The town stands on the side of a hill, near the source of the river Deben, 7 miles W of Framlingham r. station, and 8 NNE of Needham-Market; and has a post office † under Stonham, two inns, a weekly market on Friday, and a fair on 24 June. ...
The parish comprises 3, 271 acres. Real property, £7, 266. Pop., 1, 488. Houses, 354. The property is much sub-divided. The manor belonged to Butley priory; and passed to the Framlinghams, the Gandys, the Pitts, the Bridges, and others. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Norwich. Value, £210.* Patron, Lord Henniker. The church is early and later English. There are an Independent chapel, a free school, a mechanics' institute, a police station, and charities £150.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Debenham in Mid Suffolk | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 23rd March 2017
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