Monk Soham, Suffolk Genealogy

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England  Gotoarrow.png  Suffolk   Gotoarrow.png  Hoxne Hundred Gotoarrow.png Suffolk Parishes Gotoarrow.png Monk Soham

Parish History

MONK-SOHAM, a. village, near the source of a rivulet flowing to the Deben, 3 miles E. by N. of Debenhain, and 6 miles W. by N. of Framlingliam, has in its parish 404 souls, and 1569a. 2r. 33p. of land, rising in bold undulations, and now rated at the yearly value of .£2243......  ....Anthony Deane, Esq., is now lord of the manors of Monk Soham Hall, and Blomvilles, or Woodcroft Hall, the latter of which extends into the adjoining parishes. Both halls are ancient mansions, now occupied by farmers. Most of the parish is copyhold, subject to arbitrary fines, and a great part of it belongs to Lord Henniker, the Earl of Gosford,and several smaller owners. The Church (St. Peter) is a large, neat structure, with a tower and five bells; and the benefice is a rectory, valued in K.B. at £19. 5s. 2Jd., and now having 82a. 3r. 16p. of glebe, and a yearly modus of £445, awarded, in 1840, in lieu of tithes. The Rev. John Hines Groome, of Earl Soham, is patron and incumbent. The Wesleyans have a chapel here, in which other denominations preach occasionally. The Town Lands are vested in trustees for the relief and support of poor parishioners, and comprise a messuage called the Guildhall, two cottages, and a garden, all occupied rent-free by poor persons.....[1]


If you live in Suffolk then you will have access to a variety of resources; however , for those who live further afield, one can access microfilm and online records at Family History Centers.   Refer to Monk Soham and Suffolk in the Family History Library Catalog for available records.

Civil Registration

Monk Soham is in Hoxne District. To search an index of Hoxne district records go to FreeBMD. The Suffolk Civil Registration article tells more about these records.

Church records

The Parish Registers begin in 1712.  They can be viewed at the Suffolk Record Office.  For pre 1813 Bishop Transcript entries you will need to look in Hoxne Deanery, Parish Chest records are lacking for Monk Soham.   See Suffolk Church Records for further details.
The parish registers of the parish of Monk Soham were published in 1920 and covers baptisms, burial, and marraiges from 1712 to 1919.

Census records

There are census records available for Monk Soham from 1841 to 1911. Census records are available on a variety of subscription and other websites. If you need to consult the 1841 to 1891 census on microfilm, refer to Monk Soham, England, Census in the library catalogue.
There is statistical data available for the census years 1801 to 1931 that records the number of houses, families, people, and other statistical data for every parish in the county.
Refer to the Suffolk Census wiki article for details.

Probate records

Prior to 1858 the primary court that had jurisdiction over Monk Soham was the Archdeaconry of Suffolk; however, a person’s will or administration may have been probated in nearby courts or even in London. After 1858 it was in Ipswich District.  Refer to the Suffolk Probate Records article for further details.

Maps and Gazetteers

  • Suffolk Gazetteers and Directories from 1839 to 1909 - Suffolk Gazetteers and directories provide a brief history and description of each parish and lists principal residents. They mention the farmers and tradesman in each parish and the nearest market towns among other items.
  • National gazetteers provide a brief description of each place

Web sites


  1. William White, 1844, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Suffolk; page 467-468
  2. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 129-133. Monk Soham