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Elmswell, Suffolk

Historical Description

Elmswell, a parish in Suffolk, 5 miles NW from Stow-market, and 8½ from Bury St Edmunds. It has a station on the G.E.R., and a post, money order, and telegraph office under Bury St Edmunds. Acreage, 2089; population, 781. The country house of the abbots of Bury was here. The Rectory and the Grange are the chief residences. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Ely; gross value, £390 with residence. The church has a lofty tower of the 13th century, and the nave is of the 15th century. It commands a fine view, and contains an effigy of Sir R. Gardiner. The village is famed for the purest water for 30 miles round, which has never failed.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountySuffolk 
Ecclesiastical parishElmswell St. John the Evangelist 
Poor Law unionStow 

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Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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DistrictMid Suffolk
Postal districtIP30
Post TownBury St. Edmunds