About Elmswell History Group....

Founded in 2000 (of course!) to

  • provide interesting historical talks and visits
  • collect information about Elmswell's past
  • make such information available for education and public interest

Interested in local history? Why not join us?


Elmswell Station, early 20th. c.

Our LINKS page will help you access other historical information for Suffolk.

Joining the Group

Membership of the Group is open to all, whether living in Elmswell or not. I would point out, though, that the benefits of membership are local, coming to our monthly meetings and joining in other local activities as a History Group member. To people from further afield who may visit this website I would say this: you are very welcome to access the information without any charge, and if you have further information from your own knowledge or research I very much hope you will be willing to allow me to add it to the site, duly crediting you as the source.

Annual Subscription Rates (from September 2017 - August 2018)
Full membership Member £8
Junior membership (under 18 years)


ELMSWELL – an appreciative poem

In the early part of April nineteen-thirty-one
My rambles took me to a spot, then lying in the sun,
A rural, inland village, though not unknown to fame,
Nine miles from ancient Bury, and Elmswell is its name.

A noble church stands on a hill, thus seen for many a mile,
‘Twas built by monks of Bury in the perpendicular style.
Of stone and flint, the latter formed in patterns quaint and grand,
Designs that prove a clever mind, worked by a master hand.

A tall shaft marks a factory, close by the rail-road track,
A famous, busy industry where work is never slack;
Here English pigs are killed and cured (though Danish is the brand),
Prime hams and bacon soon are made and broadcast o’er the land.

This village boasts of Royalty, for there are several “Kings”,
“Millers” and “Bakers”, “Cooks” and “Pyes” with other goodly things,
And “Flowers” perennial bloom here - “Warrens” contain no rabbits,
Still “Hares” abound and “Greens” are found, and those who form our habits.

A famous name is “Walpole”, as history records,
And titled folks are in our midst as there are several “Lords”.
“Nunns” flourish here though not confined within a convent’s walls,
And “Friends” watch o’er our interests to see no harm befalls.

A “Bishop” holds benignant sway, though minus “See” and lands,
While “Sturgeon”, “Pike” and “Salmon” thrive far from sandy strands.
We hold our “Faires” the whole year round, custom is good each day;
“Foreman” has served his country and thus deserves his pay.

“Rubys” and “Pearls” are jewels, of these we own a few,
Of “Spencers’ ” “Boots” we have no store, but “Hoods” both old and new.
Now come and visit Elmswell, by ‘plane, rail, ‘bus or car,
There is but little in this place your happiness to mar.

Written (probably in the 1940-50’s) by
A Robinson, “East View”, Ashfield Road, Elmswell, Suffolk

(formerly “Arundel Villa”, then occupied by the Shaw family)

Lots more information about several of these family names can be found on the Elmswell History Group’s website – www.elmswell-history.org.uk


To obtain an application form please e-mail Stella Chamberlin, or ring her on (01359) 242601.

since 5th October 2015

100 years on!!! A walk around the village at the time of the 1911 census....