The History and Antiquities of the County of Suffolk: Volume 1. Originally published by WS Crowell, Ipswich, 1846.
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St. Nicholas South Elmham
was consolidated and united with Saint Margaret's, July 27th, 1362, by Thomas Ayreminne, Bishop of Norwich, from which it was afterwards severed, and finally consolidated with All Saints, December the 8th, 1737. (fn. 26)
An estate, consisting of about sixteen acres, in the parishes of St. Nicholas and St. James in South Elmham, was purchased in 1640 of John Sutton, by the inhabitants of Aldeburgh, in Norfolk, and conveyed by them, by deed to feoffees, to the intent that the said feoffees, their heirs, &c., should at all times employ the rents and profits, yearly, arising from the premises, to the only benefit and behalf of the inhabitants within the said parish: the time for distribution to be left to the discretion of the said feoffees. Annual produce stated to amount to £15, subject to the land-tax and other deductions. (fn. 27)
The church of St. Nicholas, which has long been ruinated, was taxed at nine marks. (fn. 28)
Rectors of St. Nicholas South Elmham.
Henry Ringer was inducted to All Saints in 1554; from which period to the present the same incumbents occur in the institutions of these two parishes. It is, therefore, most probable that the church of St. Nicholas fell into decay and desuetude about the above date.