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Post Office Directory of 1865.
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BOXTED (or BOXSTEAD) is a parish, in Babergh hundred, Sudbury union
and county court district, rural deanery, archdeaconry, and diocese of Ely, West
Suffolk, 8 miles north-east from Clare and north-west from Sudbury stations,
situate near a feeder of the river Stow. Boxted Hall, an ancient mansion, is the
residence of John George Weller Poley, Esq., D.L., lord of the manor and chief
landowner: this seat is still surrounded by a moat, supplied by a rivulet, which
crosses the wooded grounds, 90 acres in extent: The Hall, which is very old, has
lately been repaired, and its carvings restored. The manor originally belonged
to the abbey of Bury St. Edmund's, after which it passed to Robert Harleston and
the Duke of Gloucester, then to the Poleys, and lastly to the Wellers, who
adopted the name of Poley, used by the present possessor. The church register
commences in 1538. The living is a rectory, consolidated with that of Hartest,
which were valued in the King's Books at £29 14s. 2d., and in 1835 at £652; it
is in the gift of the Crown; and held by the Rev. Charles Borton, M.A., who
resides at Hartest. There are several charities, one of which, bequeathed by a
member of the Poley family in 1572, is equally divided among the poor of Boxted,
Hartest, Somerton, Stanstead, and Glemsford: the school here was built by Mrs.
Poley in 1852. The soil is mixed; and the crops are wheat, barley and oats. In
1861 the population was 192; area, 1,367 acres.
FENSTEAD END is a mile west.
Parish Clerk, George Cook.
Letters through Bury St. Edmund's. Melford is the nearest money order office
School, Mrs. Emily Debenham, mistress
Poley John George Weller, esq. D.L. Boxted hall
Albon Spencer, blacksmith
Cross Henry, farmer
Brown James, steward to J. G. W. Poley, esq
Debenham Noah, shoe maker
Eagle Alfred, farmer
Finch Samuel, miller & shopkeeper
Harvey William, farmer
Maxim Wilfred, farmer
Maxim William, farmer & maltster
Smith John, farmer