St.Michaels Church, Boulge
|Boulge shown within Suffolk|
|Population||26 (2001 census)|
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|EU Parliament||East of England|
Boulge is a hamlet and civil parish in the Suffolk Coastal district of Suffolk, England. It is about 3 miles (5 km) north of Woodbridge. The population remained only minimal at the 2011 Census and was included in the civil parish of Debach.
The place-name is French and probably means `bag-shaped piece of land', rather than the `rough overgrown land' previously assumed.
Boulge Cottage in the surrounding park was built c.1800 for Mrs Eleanor Short. Known as the "Queen of Hell" on account of her furious temper, Mrs. Short had inherited Boulge Hall in 1792 on the death of her second husband, William Whitby. She later married Henry Short (formerly Hassard) an ex-lieutenant-colonel in the Royal Dragoons.
John Fitzgerald bought Boulge Hall in 1801 for his daughter Mary and her new husband, John Purcell (later John Fitzgerald), Edward's parents. The purchase was on the understanding that the hall would remain in the possession of the aged previous owner until death, but this did not happen for another 35 years. The couple lived instead at nearby Bredfield House but eventually moved into Boulge Hall. Edward occupied a cottage in the grounds until the estate was inherited by his elder brother in 1852.
The hall was later purchased by Sir Robert Eaton White, 1st Baronet (1864–1940), Chairman of the Suffolk County Council, whose descendants held it until c.1950.
It was demolished in 1955 owing to its general dereliction.
- Keith Briggs: Boulge, Suffolk. Journal of the English Place-name Society 45 (2013) 5–11
- "BOU 008 - Boulge Hall". Suffolk County Council. Retrieved 6 March 2017.
- Simpson, Jacqueline; Westwood, Jennifer (2008). The Penguin Book of Ghosts: Haunted England. Penguin Books Limited. p. 470. ISBN 978-0-14-192074-0.
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