Few churches in Suffolk posses as many monuments as Hawstead. Several of these are to the Metcalfe family, who also gave their name to the pub. A small earthquake damaged other memorials in 1926. Queen Elizabeth I is said to have visited Hawstead Place, once owned by the Drury family, from where Drury Lane in London takes its name.
Almshouses (built 1610) used to stand on Bell's Lane.
Hawstead was recorded in Domesday as "Hersteda" or "Haldsteda".
Estimated population (2009) of Hawstead: 340
Local licensing authority for Hawstead is St Edmundsbury
Some historical information from English Heritage's National Monuments Record.