Stow Hundred

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Stow was a hundred of Suffolk, consisting of 22,710 acres (91.9 km2).[1]

Stow Hundred a fertile and picturesque district in central Suffolk around seven miles (11 km) in length and breadth. It is bounded by Cosford, Bosmere and Claydon, Thedwestry, Blackbourn and Hartismere Hundreds. It is in the Deanery to which it gives name and was in the Archdeaconry of Sudbury until 1837 when it was added to the Archdeaconry of Suffolk, and is thus still in the Diocese of Norwich. It is watered by the River Gipping.

The word "stow" means place, as in "stow away", and the name of the hundred was probably derived from an old name for Stowmarket, the hundred's largest town.[2]


Suffolk hundreds
Suffolk hundreds

Stow Hundred consisted of the following 14 parishes:[1][3]

Parish Area (acres)
Buxhall 2524
Combs 3000
Creeting St Peter 1336
Gipping 900
Great Finborough 1632
Harleston 620
Haughley 2700
Little Finborough 360
Old Newton 2349
Onehouse 866
Shelland 509
Stowmarket 1240
Stowupland 2890
Wetherden 1784


  1. ^ a b William White (1844). History, gazetteer, and directory of Suffolk. p. 265. 
  2. ^ Walter Skeat (1913). The Place-names of Suffolk. 
  3. ^ 1841 Census

Coordinates: 52°12′N 1°00′E / 52.2°N 1.0°E / 52.2; 1.0