Hoxne Hundred

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from Hoxne hundred)
Jump to: navigation, search

Hoxne was a hundred of Suffolk, with an area of 55,648 acres (225.20 km2).[1]

Hoxne Hundred was a fertile district averaging about nine miles (14 km) in length and breadth. It was bounded on the north by the River Waveney which separates it from Norfolk, on the east by Wangford and Blything Hundreds, on the south by Plomesgate, Loes and Thredling Hundreds and on the west by Hartismere Hundred. The parishes of Carlton and Kelsale form a detached region to the south east of the hundred.

The area is watered by several streams flowing northward to the Waveney. On its southern side are the sources of the River Alde and near Laxfield the principal source of the River Blythe. The soil is primarily loam. The only town of any size is Stradbroke. It falls into the Deanery of Hoxne, the Archdeaconry of Suffolk, and the Diocese of Norwich.

Listed as Hoxana in the Domesday Book, the hundred owes its name to the village of Hoxne, site of St Edmund's martyrdom, which in turn means "settlement of the Hoxan", believed to be a small Saxon tribe.[2] Other information indicates that at the time of the Domesday Book, in 1086, Hoxne Hundred was known as Bishop's Hundred.[3]


Suffolk hundreds
Suffolk hundreds

Hoxne Hundred was made up of the following 26 parishes:[1][4]

Parish Area (acres)
Athelington 488
Badingham 3200
Bedfield 1269
Bedingfield 1754
Brundish 2077
Carlton 548
Denham 1260
Dennington 3262
Fressingfield 4564
Horham 1434
Hoxne 4258
Kelsale 3047
Laxfield 3630
Mendham 2200
Metfield 2160
Monk Soham 1569
Saxstead 1202
Southolt 799
Stradbroke 3634
Syleham 1603
Tannington 1600
Weybread 2476
Wilby 1844
Wingfield 2443
Withersdale 880
Worlingworth 2447


  1. ^ a b William White (1844). History, gazetteer, and directory of Suffolk. p. 449. 
  2. ^ Walter Skeat (1913). The Place-names of Suffolk. 
  3. ^ Open Domesday Online: Bishop's Hundred, Suffolk, accessed May 2017.
  4. ^ 1841 Census

Coordinates: 52°18′N 1°15′E / 52.3°N 1.25°E / 52.3; 1.25