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    BRANTHAM, a village 9 miles S.W. of Ipswich, and 2 miles N. by E. of Manningtree Station, has in its parish 434 souls, and About 560 acres of water, and 1922A. 2R. 20P of land, including the hamlet of Cattawade, on the north-side of the Stour, where two bridges cross two channels of that river to Essex; one a brick structure of three arches, and the other a wooden fabric of seven arches. Peter Godfrey, Esq., is lord of the manor, but the greater part of the soil belongs to Wm. Gurdon, Walter Clark, T. B. Western, Esqs., and several smaller owners. Brantham Hall, an old farm house, was formerly a seat of the Wingfields. BRANTHAM COURT, the beautiful seat of Wm. Gurdon, Esq., recorder of Bury, and a Judge of the County Court, was erected in 1850, '1, and 2, of red brick, with Caen stone dressings, in the Elizabethan style. The grounds are tastefully laid out, and command fine views of the Stour estuary and valley. William Rufus gave Brantham, with the berewicks of Bercold, Scotlege, MeelfJege, and Beneletge to Battle Abbey, and they were granted to the Earl of Oxford, in the 38th of Henry VIII. There was anciently a chapel near the bridges at Cattawade, in which hamlet is Braham Hall, formerly a seat of the Brahams, but now a farm house. This farm was long occupied by Thos. Tusser, who wrote the celebrated poetic treatise entitled" Five Hundred Points of Good Husbandry;" and to whose memory a tablet has lately been erected in the church. He is said to have been the first farmer who cultivated barley in this parish. He died in 1580, aged 65 years, and was a native of Rivershall, in Essex.

    The parish Church (St. Michael) is an ancient structure, which was newly seated in 1853, at the expense of Wm. Guidon, Esq. It has recently been repaired, and a gallery erected for the Sunday scholars.
    The altar-piece is a tine painting of Christ blessing little children. The rectory is consolidated with that of East
    Bergholt, where the Rectory House is situated. The National Scliool was built in 1851. The POST-OFFICE is at Mr. Wm. Taylor's. Letters via Manningtree.
    BRANTHAM DIRECTORY.
    Marked * are at Cattawade.
    * Arnold Joseph, shoemaker
    Baldwin Wm. shoemaker
    Brundell Thomas, blacksmith
    * Chambers Wm., vict., Crown
    Gibling Robert, shopkeeper
    Gordon, Wm., Esq., Brantham Court
    Hearsum Thos., wheelgt. & parish clerk
    * Humphreys Wm., beerhouse
    Lunnis Charles, vict., Bull Inn
    Martin Wm., horse dealer
    May Wm., miller and inalister
    Pannifer Japhet,wheelwright etc
    Taylor Wm., shopkeeper, Post-Office

    FARMERS.
    Cooper Geo., HallS & Church-house Farms
    Hammond Wm.
    Welham Joseph
    Page Henry, Barham-hall
    Mason James, Samfords
    Rand John
    Martin Wm.



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