A short history

1. The Vikings

The history of Gislingham covers more than a thousand years, and there are significant indications of an even more remote past for Neolithic man has left his weapons and tools of flint in our fields and gardens.

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2. The time of Domesday – The Knights Templar

By the time of Domesday, Gislingham was a populous and highly cultivated settlement with three Manors and ten estates boasting between three and a half, and four and a half plough-teams per square mile.

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3. St. Mary’s Church

The focal point of Gislingham’s history and the chief glory of the village is St. Mary’s Church.

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4. The 19th Century

The 19th century saw Gislingham reach new peaks of progress.

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5. Recent History

In the Twentieth Century, Gislingham has seen more changes than in any comparable period of its long history.

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