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Plomesgate is a hundred of Suffolk, consisting of 41,579 acres (168.26 km2).[1]

Plomesgate Hundred comprises the historic ports of Aldeburgh and Orford, the medieval market town of Saxmundham and twenty other parishes in the east of the county. It forms a strip around 14 miles long and up to 9 miles wide running south-east from near Framlingham to the North Sea. It is bounded on the east by the sea, on the north by Blything Hundred, on the west by Hoxne and Loes Hundreds and on the south by the Butley River which flows into the River Ore near Orford Ness.

The hundred is watered by the River Alde and its tributary streams and is generally a fertile loamy district with hills rising from the valleys and the coast and with sandy beaches in southern parts. It is in the Deanery of Orford in the Archdeaconry of Suffolk.

Listed as Plumesgata in the Domesday Book, the origin of the name is unknown though presumably a derivation of "Plum's gate".[2]


Suffolk hundreds
Suffolk hundreds

Plomesgate Hundred consists of the following 23 parishes:[1][3]

Parish Area (acres)
Aldeburgh 1710
Benhall 2154
Blaxhall 1975
Bruisyard 1127
Chillesford 1693
Cransford 1174
Farnham 1154
Friston 1851
Great Glemham 1801
Little Glemham 1160
Haselwood † 1897
Iken 2579
Orford 2740
Parham 1970
Rendham 1687
Saxmundham 1400
Snape 1700
Sternfield 1107
Stratford St Andrew   638
Sudbourne 5000
Swefling 1120
Tunstall 2642
Wantisden 1300

† Hamlet of Aldeburgh


  1. ^ a b William White (1844). History, gazetteer, and directory of Suffolk. p. 153.
  2. ^ Walter Skeat (1913). The Place-names of Suffolk.
  3. ^ 1841 Census

Coordinates: 52°09′N 1°30′E / 52.15°N 1.5°E / 52.15; 1.5