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Westleton Parish

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Westleton or Wesletdna

The author of "Magna Britannia" states, that Peter de Dunwich anciently held the lordship of this parish. Two manors are named here, Westleton Grange, which belonged to Sibton Abbey, and was granted, in the 28th of King Henry VIII., to Thomas, Duke of Norfolk; and the lordship of Westleton Cleves.

In the 42nd of Queen Elizabeth, Anthony Bedingfield, Esq., resided in this parish. In the time of King James and King Charles, Richard Baldwin, Gent., resided at Westleton Hall; which he inherited from Robert Baldwin, his father: his mother was Agnes Gillet (alias Candler), of Yoxford. He died without issue, having previously sold this estate, and other lands in Yoxford.

Charles Purvis, of Darsham, Esq., has estates here; but the lordship belongs to Sir Charles Blois, Bart., of Cockfield Hall, in Yoxford.

The hamlet of Dingle, which formerly belonged to Westleton, had a chapel. The church is now in the patronage and incumbency of the Rev. Harrison Packard.

CHARITIES. In 1722, Thomas Grimsby gave, by will, all his copyhold, and customary lands and tenements, in this parish, towards the clothing of poor children and widows, belonging to the said parish. The property consists of about 12 acres of land, let at 16 a year; which, after a deduction of 1 14s. 8d. a year, for quit-rent, land tax, and necessary allowances, is applied in paying for clothing materials for poor widows, and other poor persons in the parish.

County of Suffolk

Topographical and Genealogical, The County of Suffolk, 1844, Augustine Page

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