Small market town. William Malet built a motte and bailey castle on the site of a Saxon fortress; remains of a priory, founded c.1100 by Malet's son. The 101ft tall church steeple is one of the wonders of Suffolk.
From Domesday Book: Eye - Eia / Heia: Robert Malet's mother and Walter the Crossbowman and Walter de Caen from her. Church, market, fishery, park, 2 mills. 60 pigs.
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