Elmswell in Domesday
Population (2011) of Elmswell: 3950.
Local licensing authority for Elmswell is Mid Suffolk.
Modern housing mainly dominates this village which retains some older buildings, shops and a railway station on the Ipswich to Cambridge line. The village was recorded in Domesday as "Elmeswella". John Speed's 1610 map shows it as "Elmeswell".
To mark the parish council's centenary on December 4th 1994, a time-capsule was buried 1m north of the village sign, containing a record of the village on that day.
One earlier resident, Sir Robert Gardiner, Kt, was Chief Justice of Ireland for 18 years before dying in 1619 aged 80 years. Sir Robert also erected an almshouse in village for widows of both Elmswell & Woolpit.
Elmswell Hall is a late 16th century monastic grange, though it must date from a considerably earlier time, as Henry VI is recorded as having visited it in 1433. The remains of a Romano-British pottery kiln, dating from some time between in the 2nd and 4th centuries, have been excavated near St John's church.
Some historical information from English Heritage's National Monuments Record.