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Kelly's Directory for Cambridgeshire, Norfolk & Suffolk, 1883, p. 913.

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ICKLINGHAM is a township, comprising the parishes of St. James and All Saints, which are united for parochial purposes, and form one village in the Western division of the county, hundred of Laxford, union and county court district of Mildenhall, Fordham rural deanery, Sudbury archdeaconry and diocese of Ely. The village, about a mile in length, is situated on the north bank of the river Lark, a tributary of the Ouse, 5 miles south-south-west from Higham on the Cambridge, Newmarket and Bury St. Edmunds branch railway, 8 north-west from Bury St, Edmunds and 4½ east-south-east from Mildenhall. The two churches are ancient structures. and are less than half a mile apart. St. James' is in various styles, consisting of chancel, nave, aisles, and tower with 1 bell. and is seated with open benches and has chancel paved with encaustic tiles: it is built principally of flint, and was completely restored in 1864 at a cost of £1600, defrayed by Charles Edward Gibbs esq. J.P.: there are three memorial stained windows: one in the east end to R. Gwilt esq. and his wife, given by his children, and a small one in the west end given by Miss Gwilt in memory of her parents. and one in the south aisle in memory of Major-Gen Gwilt C.B. erected by his sister Miss M. Gwilt. All Saint's church is a very ancient structure of stone and rubble, in the Decorated style, situated at the south-east or upper end of the village, and consists of chancel, nave, south aisle and tower with 3 bells: it is in a dilapidated state: the floor within the communion rails and about the chancel contains some beautiful tiles of varied geometrical form and unique design, loosened and displaced, and are slightly traced with figures of animals, flowers and human faces, a few of which are vitrified: they are supposed to have been found in a neighbouring field in 1819; the windows contain extensive remains of the fourteenth century, besides fragments of stained glass: in the church is an ancient octagonal stone font. The register dates from the year 1568. The two rectories form one benefice, yearly value £504 including 54 acres of glebe, with residence, in the gift of and held since 1857 by the Rev. Robert Gwilt M.A, of Caius College, Cambridge, J.P. The charity called Alice Dix's was formerly distributed ib doles; part has been taken to build a small dispensary, at which Messrs. Harris & Angove attend at 11.0 on Wednesday and Saturday to give advice and medicine gratis to the poor: the remainder of this charity is distributed in coals. There is a small Wesleyan chapel. There was formerly a Roman encampment near the site of the village, on the eastern side, and numerous coins, urns and other antiquities have been found. Almost 200 silver coins of the Roman Emperors were turned up by the plough here. The Hall, the seat of Charles Edward Gibbs esq, J.P. is a handsome brick and stone building in the Italian style, built in 1854. The Rev. R. Gwilt M.A.. J.P. who is lord of the manors of St. James' and All Saints' and Charles Gwilt esq. and C. S. Gibbs esq. are the chief landowners. The soil is light and sandy; subsoil, gravel and chalk. The chief crops are what, barley and turnips. The area is 6,529 acres; rateable value, £3,110; and the population in 1881 was 425.


POST OFFICDE.—James Benstead, receiver. Letters arrive from Soham at 8.15 a.m. & are dispatched at 4.10 p.m.; sundays 10.55 a.m. Mildenhall is the nearest money order & telepgraph office

Here is a Church of England National School for boys & girls, erected in 1855 by C. E. Gibbs esw J.P.: it is a handsome building of fine with stone dressings & slated roof, with a dwelling house attached for the schoolmaster, to hold 100; average attendance, 76; Joseph Forby Smith, master; Mrs. Marianne Smith, mistress

CARRIERS TO BURY.—George Naylor, wednesday & Alfred Frosy wednesday; other carriers pass through, from Mildenhall to Lakenheath, same days

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