is a village in the County
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. It is situated halfway between Bury St. Edmunds
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and lies just to the north of the A14 road.
The history of the village can be traced as far back as the Roman times based on a site containing a pottery kiln dated around the third century.
According to the Oxford Dictionary of English Place-Names the origin of Elmswell or in its Old English form Elmswella, as referred to in the Domesday Book
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of 1086 comes from 'Spring or Stream where elm-trees grow'. The old English elm+wella
A huge village green – Butten Haugh Green – once formed the centre of Elmswell. However, the arrival of the railway in 1846 and the bacon factory in 1911, meant the green now has houses built on it.
The 1881 census showed that the number of dwellings in the village was 196 and the population was 761.
Currently, the number of houses is over 1300 and the number of inhabitants is over 3350.
Church of St John the Divine in Church Hill was mentioned in the Domesday Book.
Sir Robert Gardener, lord of the manor who died in 1619, built almshouses next to the church and left them to three women from Elmswell and three from the nearby village of Woolpit
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Elmswell has had a railway station since 1846, on the line between Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich
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There is a wildlife area at Kiln Meadow, and two pubs – The Tavern and The Fox - exist in the village.
Elmswell was named Suffolk's village of the year in 2008 beating Cockfield and Fressingfield into second and third place respectively.