Elmsett (St. Peter)

ELMSETT (St. Peter), a parish, in the union and hundred of Cosford, W. division of Suffolk, 4 miles (N. E. by N.) from Hadleigh; containing 446 inhabitants. The parish comprises 1997a. 1r. 10p.: the surface is diversified with hills and dales; the soil is various, and the lands are arable, pasture, and meadow, in nearly equal portions, with a moderate quantity of wood. Two streams, which rise within the parish, flow in different directions; and there are two large gravel-pits. A pleasure-fair is held on Whit-Tuesday. The living is a rectory, valued in the king's books at £13. 7. 1.; net income, £580; patrons, the Master, Fellows, and Scholars of Clare Hall, Cambridge. The church is built of flint and stone; the chancel window is much admired. The parsonage-house is surrounded by a moat. On the declivity of a hill is a cold mineral spring, called the Dropping Well, issuing out of limestone rock, and producing fibrous crystallizations. John Boyse, an eminent scholar and divine, and one of the translators of the last version of the Bible, was born here in 1560.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, 7th edition, published in 1848.

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