Mutford and Lothingland Hundred

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Mutford and Lothingland was a hundred of Suffolk, with an area of 33,368 acres (135.04 km2).[1] Lowestoft Ness, the most easterly point of Great Britain fell within its bounds.

Мutford and Lothingland Hundred formed the north-eastern corner of Suffolk. Around five miles (8 km) wide, but fifteen miles (24 km) from north to south it was bounded by Norfolk to the north and west, and the North Sea to the east, other than the strip of land occupied by Great Yarmouth. Its border with Norfolk was formed by the River Waveney as it bends north on its final approaches to the sea, and Breydon Water. It was separated to the south by the appropriately named Hundred River from the hundreds of Wangford and Blything.

The parishes of Belton with Browston, Bradwell, Burgh Castle and Hopton-on-Sea, historically in Suffolk, were moved to Great Yarmouth district in Norfolk in 1974 following the changes of the Local Government Act 1972.[2]

The southern part of the hundred was formerly the Half Hundred of Mutford, comprising the parishes of Barnby, Carlton Colville, Gisleham, Kessingland, Kirkley, Mutford, Pakefield, and Rushmere. It was separated from Lothingland by Oulton Broad and Lake Lothing through which the River Waveney formerly flowed to reach the sea. The northern Half Hundred of Lothingland was merged with that of Mutford in 1763.[1]

Listed as Ludingaland in the Domesday Book, Lothingland is named after Lake Lothing, which in turn probably refers to a tribe or family named Luthings. The name Mutford, taken from the village of the same name, may mean "ford near the meeting of the streams", from the Anglo-Saxon mutha meaning mouth of a river. If this is correct, the ford in question is presumably that where a stream enters the Hundred River in the grounds of Mutford Hall.[3]

Parishes[edit]

Mutford and Lothingland Hundred consisted of the following 24 parishes:[4][1]

Parish Area (acres)
Ashby 1045
Barnby 1029
Belton with Browston 2009
Blundeston 1573
Bradwell 2295
Burgh Castle 1497
Carlton Colville 2780
Corton 1180
Flixton 602
Fritton 1478
Gisleham 1344
Gorleston 1335
Gunton 862
Herringfleet 1309
Hopton-on-Sea 1267
Kessingland 1616
Kirkley 514
Lound 1242
Lowestoft 1486
Mutford 1499
Oulton 1979
Pakefield 670
Rushmere 780
Somerleyton 1380
South Town 597

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c William White (1844). History, gazetteer, and directory of Suffolk. p. 480. 
  2. ^ HMSO. Local Government Act 1972. 1972 c.70
  3. ^ Walter Skeat (1913). The Place-names of Suffolk. 
  4. ^ 1841 Census

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Coordinates: 52°30′N 1°42′E / 52.5°N 1.7°E / 52.5; 1.7