White’s Directory, 1844


Easton Bavents, a decayed parish on the sea cliff, one and a half miles N.N.E. of Southwold, has now only 10 inhabitants, and about 260acres of land, having like Dunwich, from the encroachments of the ocean, which threatens at no distant period to completely engulf it. Formerly it was an extensive parish, and was returned as having 770 acres of land, as late as 1815. A large and bold promontory, called Easton Ness, anciently projected here more than two miles into the ocean, and formed the northern bounds of Southwold Bay,and the most eastern point of the English coast. In the 9thth of Edward I., it was the lordship of Thomas de Bavent, one of whose descendants, in the 4th of Edward III., had a grant for a weekly market here on Wednesday, and a fair on the eve, day, and morrow, of the feast of St. Nicholas. What remains of it now is the property of Sir. Thomas S. Gooch, and is in one farm occupied by Mr. Samuel Plant. A cottage, and about 60 acres of land, have gone down into the sea during the last five years. The church (St.Nicholas) was standing in 1638, and had a chapel dedicated to St. Margaret, but all vestiges of it are gone. The rectory, valued in K.B. at £12, is consolidated with Benacre.


Dutt's Suffolk, 1927


Easton Bavents ( 1 m. N. of Southwold) is a parish on the coast. In the time of Edward III. it seems to have been a
place of some importance, for it was granted a market. It possessed a Church of St Nicholas and a Chapel of St Margaret ; both have disappeared, and the former is believed to have been destroyed by the sea. Easton Ness, which now can hardly be said to exist, was at one time the most easterly point of England, a distinction now belonging to Lowestoft Ness. The population of the parish is about a dozen persons.