St John the Baptist's Church, Mount Bures© Copyright Paul Farmer contributor to the Geograph Projectand licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence
History of Mount Bures >> White's Directory 1848
MOUNT BURES, on the south side of the vale or the Stour, opposite Bures St. Mary, on the Suffolk side of the river, is a picturesque village and parish, containing 282 inhabitants, and about 1400 acres of land, rising boldly from the river, and crossed by the Stour Valley Railway.
In some records, it is called Little Bures, or Bures St. John. Near the church is an artificial mount, covering about an acre and a half of ground, encompassed by a dry moat, and rising about 80 feet in height; but there is a tradition as to the time it was raised. It is said to have been formerly much higher, and was no doubt used as a fortification by the Saxons.
For many ages, the parish belonged to the noble family of Sackville, who sold it in the 16th century, to John Dister. Major General J.C. Bourchier is now lord of the manor, but part of the soil belongs to Hugh Josselyn, Esq., and several smaller owners.
The Church (St. John,) is a small ancient structure with a brick tower, containing four bells, and surmounted by a wooden spire. Two small tenements in the church-yard, are said to have been anciently a chantry house.
The rectory, valued in K.B. at £13.6s.8d., and in 1831 at £367, is in the patronage and incumbency of the Rev. John Brett, M.A., who has a handsome residence, and 24A.3R.13P. of glebe. The tithes have been commuted for £442 per annum.
The poor have £2.10s. yearly from Love's Charity
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Mount Bures - Cary's New and Correct English Atlas, 1798
Mount Bures - First Series Ordnance Survey Map 1805
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