The History and Antiquities of the County of Suffolk: Volume 1. Originally published by WS Crowell, Ipswich, 1846.
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Ilketshall St Margaret
On the 3rd of March, twenty-sixth of Queen Elizabeth, Philip Chapman, alias Barker, of Sibton, Gent., in consideration of a certain sum of money, not mentioned, did grant, bargain, sell, &c., unto William Gooche, the elder, John Gooch, the elder, Edward Woodville, the elder, John Cory, the elder, William Gooch, the younger, Robert Gooch, and others, owners of estates lying in St. Margaret Ilketshall, "all those two pieces of land and pasture, adjoining, containing in the whole by estimation 30 acres; be there more or less; lying and being in Peasenhall, aforesaid, &c., to hold, &c., to the said Gooche, &c., their heirs and assigns for ever, upon trust, and to be feoffees for the whole of the inhabitants of the said parish of St. Margaret Ilketshall; that with the issues and profits of the premises, such books and ornaments, meet and convenient for the service of God, which the inhabitants of the parish were bound to find, might be provided—the parish church of the said parish decently and orderly repaired—the old, poor, and aged and impotent people of the said parish charitably relieved, and other charges and burdens of the said parish borne and defrayed." (fn. 64)
Henry Smith, Esq., by deed, dated January 26th, 1626, devised a gift to be bestowed in clothing, bread, flesh, or fish, among the poor of the parish of St. Margaret Ilketshall, who have been inhabitants above five years. There is a clause excluding from the benefits of this donation, "any who are guilty of excessive drinking, or profane swearing, pilfering, and other scandalous crimes; or are vagrants, or idle persons, or have been incorrigible when servants, or do entertain inmates."—"But if any clothing be given, it shall be in upper garments, on the right arm of which shall be a badge with the letters H.S., that it may be known to be the gift of the said Henry Smith." Is not this sounding a trumpet before thee, when thou doest thine alms? "Upon default of any of the conditions in this bequest being fulfilled, the parish is to lose the benefit of this charity for one yeare." The estates charged with this donation are situated at Tolleshunt Darcy, in Essex, and produce about £4 per annum.
comprises a nave and chancel without aisles, and an ancient round tower at the west end, in which are three bells. The edifice was covered till very lately with thatch, scarcely water-proof, which has recently given place to slate. The interior is neat, and reputably kept, but the fittings far inferior to what they should be, in a church so well endowed as this is. The fabric is probably very ancient, though the windows partake of the perpendicular character; and the only remarkable feature it possesses is the rather curious stone which forms the lintel of the chancel doorway. There is a narrow arch, now built up in the east wall, which probably led in former days to a chapel now destroyed. The family of Hunne, or Hunn, were formerly of some importance here, and bore for arms, a lion ramp. guardant. . . . . .
The great tithes of this parish having been appropriated to Bungay Nunnery on its first foundation, the benefice has ever since been a vicarage. The impropriation is now in the family of Patteson. The great and small tithes are both commuted; the former for a rent-charge of £528, and the latter for £121. 10s. There are 40 acres and 23 perches of glebe land, belonging to the vicar; and £15 per annum are payable to the Rector of St. John Ilketshall, as the value of his great and small tithes for 68 acres, 1 rood, and 29 perches of land lying in this parish. The parish registers commence in 1538.