Debenham in 1842
Debenham is in the hundred of Thredling, 13 miles north of Ipswich, on the river Deben, here a mere brook. The area of the parish is 1,920 acres. The population in 1831 was 1,629, about half agricultural. From its situation on a declivity, the town is clean, but the houses are generally poor. The church is a handsome edifice, and the market-house is a tolerably good building. There is a place of worship for Independents. The market, which is on Friday, is small. There is one yearly fair. The living is a vicarage, in the rural deanery of Cleydon, the archdeaconry of Suffolk, and the diocese of Norwich, of the clear yearly value of £154, with a glebe-house. There were in the parish, in 1833, three day-schools, with 133 children, viz. 84 boys and 40 girls ; and two Sunday-schools, with 279 children, viz. 80 boys, 67 girls, and 132 children of sex not stated. One of the day-schools has an endowment.