In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Redgrave like this:
REDGRAVE, a village and a parish in Hartismere district, Suffolk. The village stands near the river Waveney at the boundary with Norfolk, 4¼ miles N W of Mellis r.station, and 7 W N W of Eye; and has a post-office under Scole. The parish contains also the hamlet of Botesdale, and comprises 3, 353 acres. ...
Real property, £7, 722. Pop.in 1851, 1, 382; in 1861, 1, 266. Houses, 299. The manor was given, by Ulfketel the Dane, to Bury abbey; passed to Lord Keeper Bacon, Chief Justice Holt, and others; and, with R. Hall, belongs now to G. H. Wilson, Esq. The hall occupies the site of a residence of the Abbots of Bury; was rebuilt in 1770; and has a very fine park. Limetree House is the seat of J. R. Whit-hair, Esq. The living is a rectory, united with the chapelry of Botesdale, in the diocese of Norwich. Value, £889.* Patron, G. H. Wilson, Esq. The church was restored in 1850. There are a Wesleyan chapel, a national school, an endowed grammar school with £28 a year, and charities £21. Cardinal Wolsey was rector.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Redgrave in Mid Suffolk | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 30th March 2017
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