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Post Office Directory of 1865.
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BRADFIELD ST. CLARE is a parish, in Thedwestry hundred and rural
deanery, Thingoe union, county court district of Bury St. Edmund's, Sudbury
archdeaconry, and diocese of Ely, West Suffolk, 5 miles south from Thurston
station, 94 ½ from London, and 5 south-cast-by-south from Bury St. Edmund's. The
church of St. Clare has a tower and 3 bells, nave, chancel, porch, and register
chest, with documents dating from the middle of the sixteenth century. The
living is a rectory, having a yearly tithe commutation rent-charge of £280,
awarded in 1843 in lieu of tithes, in the patronage of, and held by, the Rev.
Stuteville Isaacson, M. A., of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge; the Rev. George
Steers Faught is the curate. The principal landowners are the trustees of the
late Rev. Robert Davers, who also hold the manorial rights, but there are a few
smaller owners. The soil is chiefly clay and loam; subsoil, the same: the crops
are wheat, oats, barley, beans, and green crops. The Hall, occupied by Mr.
Robert Offord, farmer, is an ancient moated house, formerly a retreat of the
monks of Bury. The population in 1841 was 240; in 1851, 214; and in 1861 it was
233: the area is 1,428 acres, of fertile land.
ELM GREEN is half a mile south-east.
Parish Clerk, Robert Fayers.
Letters through Bury St. Edmund's, which is also the nearest money order office INSURANCE AGENT.—Royal Farmers' General Fire, Life & Hail, W. T. Wolton
Faught Rev. George Steers [curate]
Clarke Robert, brick maker
English William, shoe maker
Gault John, shoe maker
Gooch John, cattle dealer & farmer
Goymour William, farm bailiff
Halls James, farmer
Offord Robert, farmer, The Hall
Scott Charlotte (Miss), shopkeeper
Scott William, farmer, Rectory
Wolton & Son, farmers & maltsters