The Half-hundred of Mutford

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This publication is intended to investigate aspects of Mutford Half-hundred’s history, using the information provided by the Domesday Survey of 1086 and a range of later medieval records, both national and local.

The statistics contained in the Domesday account are presented in a series of tables, with accompanying notes aimed at giving the data both context and local significance, while following centuries are encapsulated in a range of references relating to human activity of varying kinds. This history of all the area’s communities – twelve at Domesday, eight in the years that followed – looks at landscape changes (with the help of two maps), patterns of settlement and land ownership, local government, manorial structure and administration, the conduct of local agriculture, and family connections and affiliations. There is also detailed etymological analysis of all place-names, accompanied by significant topographical comment (many features being still detectable today).

The book is set out as a compendium of information relating to the Mutford jurisdiction, during a formative period in its history, and can either be read through from cover to cover or “dipped into” to find specific topics. The parishes of Barnby, Carlton Colville, Gisleham, Kessingland, Kirkley, Mutford, Pakefield and Rushmere all feature, and the work presents aspects of their past perhaps not commonly known.

ISBN 1-904413-33-1

138 pages, in A4 size.

Customer Review

"A most valuable contribution to the history of a somewhat neglected corner of Suffolk that will be found useful both by those interested in the area and by those who seek to study their own localities elsewhere in the county." (Bob Malster - Suffolk Local History Council Newsletter, Spring 2014).

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