In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Lakenheath like this:
LAKENHEATH, a village, a parish, and a sub-district, in Mildenhall district, Suffolk. The village stands on a gentle eminence, amid a great extent of rabbit warren, 2 miles S of the Ely and Brandon railway, and of the Little Ouse river at the boundary with Norfolk, and 5½ SW of Brandon; commands an extensive view of the surrounding country; was formerly a market-town; and has a post-office,‡ under Brandon, a station on the railway, about 3 miles distant, a good inn, and a fair on the Thursday after Midsummer day.The parish includes also the hamlet of Undley. ...
Acres, 10,550. Real property, £10,514. Pop. in 1851,1,864; in 1861,1,797. Houses, 394. The chief landowners are the executors of W. G. Eagle, Esq. Nearly 3,000 acres, chiefly in the E, are open rabbit warren; and a large tract in the W is fen. There are sand pits and clay pits. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ely. Value, £136. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Ely. The church is ancient; has Norman features; was partly repaired in 1863; and comprises nave, aisles, and chancel, with massive tower about 80 feet high. There are chapels for Independents, Baptists, and Wesleyans; two free schools for boys, with £40 and £16 a-year; and charities £95.The sub-district contains also four other parishes, and considerable part of Mildenhall parish. Pop., 5,890. Houses, 1,248.
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 Lakenheath has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Forest Heath. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Lakenheath and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Lakenheath, in Forest Heath and Suffolk | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 20th December 2014
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