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Post Office Directory of 1865.
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COVEHITHE (formerly called NORTH HALES) is in Blything hundred and
union, county court district of Halesworth, East Suffolk, 2 miles east from
Wrentham, 5 east from Wangford, and 4 ¾ north from Southwold. The church of St.
Andrew has a very handsome square tower containing 5 well toned bells: it
consists of nave, chancel, and a porch on the south side. The ancient church was
destroyed in the year 1643, during the Civil Wars of Charles I.; the present one
was erected in the year 1672, and attests the extent of the former edifice,
being erected within the nave of the ancient church, and not occupying more than
half the area: three of the ancient arches at the east end and the lofty tower
still remain, the latter constituting a good landmark for vessels. The living is
a discharged vicarage, annexed to the rectory of Benacre; tithes commuted at £28
per annum, in the patronage of Sir Edward Sherlock Gooch, Bart., and held by the
Rev. William Gooch. Sir E. S. Gooch, Bart., is lord of the manor and chief
landowner. The annual charities amount to £25, a portion of which is expended in
buying coals for the poor. Here is a Parochial school for boys and girls,
supported by voluntary contributions. On the seashore is a look-out station,
with a detachment of four men, under the command of t he chief officer at
Kessinirland. The population in 1861 was 192, and the area is 1,553 acres.
Parish Clerk, Henry Ward.
Letters received through Wangford, which is also the nearest money order office
Parochial School, Mrs. Martha Mills, mistress
Goodwyn Samuel Chapman, farmer
Hunting John, Anchor
Pepper William, farmer