by John | Aug 9, 2013 |

A tour thro' ... Woodbridge, by Daniel Defoe

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A tour thro' the whole island of Great Britain is an account of his travels by English author Daniel Defoe, first published in three volumes between 1724 and 1727.

Here is an excerpt from his entry on Woodbridge, Suffolk:


"Woodbridge is a Market-town, situate on the River Deben, about 11 miles from the Sea. This River being navigable to the Town for Ships of considerable Burden, it drives a pretty good Trade with Holland, Newcastle, and London, and has Passage Hoys that go to and return from London weekly.  It has a fine Church and Steeple, and traded formerly in Sackcloth, and now in refining Salt. The Shire-hall is a handsome Pile of Building, where the Quarter-Sessions for this Part of the County are held, and under it is the Corn-cross. One Street in it, called Stone-street, is well-built and paved but the rest are dirty. The Market-place and Thoroughfare are also well enough built; but the rest of the Town is mean. The Quays and Ware-houses are very commodious, and there is a Grammar-school, and an Alms-house, erected in 1587 by Thomas Seckford, Master of the Requests, for Thirteen Men
and Three Women, which is well endowed. It has a pretty good Market on Wednesday s, and two annual Fairs."

A tour thro' the whole island of Great Britain is now in the Britsh Library.

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