In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Nacton like this:
NACTON, a village and a parish in Woodbridge district, Suffolk. The village stands on the river Orwell, 4½ miles S E of Ipswich r. station; and has a post-office under Ipswich. The parish is sometimes regarded as including the extra-parochial places of Alnesbourn Priory and Purdis-Farm. ...
Acres, inclusive of the extra-parochial places, 2, 383; of which 500 are water. Real property, £3, 326. Pop., exclusive of the extra-parochialplaces, 580. Houses, 94. Pop., inclusive of the places, 660. Houses, 109. The manor belonged to the Fastolfs, and passed to the Brokes. Broke Hall, a very finemansion, is the seat of the Brokes; and Orwell Park, a fine brick building, is the seat of G. Tomline, Esq. An Augustinian friary was at Alnesbourn. There are severalcrag pits, and several tumuli. The living is a rectory, united with the rectory of Levington, in the diocese of Norwich. Value, £296.* Patrons, the Trustees of the Rector. The church is a rubble building; consists of nave and chancel, with porch and tower; and has recently been repaired. The Woodbridge workhouse is here; and, at the census of 1861, had 160 inmates.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Nacton in Suffolk Coastal | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
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