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St Andrew and St Patrick Elveden - geograph.org.uk - 1092265.jpg
St Andrew and St Patrick Church, Elveden
Elveden is located in Suffolk
 Elveden shown within Suffolk
Population 270 [1]
District Forest Heath
Shire county Suffolk
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Thetford
Dialling code 01842
Police Suffolk
Fire Suffolk
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament West Suffolk
List of places

Coordinates: 52°23′13″N 0°40′34″E / 52.387°N 0.676°E / 52.387; 0.676

Elveden is a village and civil parish in the Forest Heath district of Suffolk in eastern England. In 2005 it had a population of 270.[1]

The village is located on the A11 between Cambridge and Norwich and experiences a high volume of traffic. Since at least the 1980s, speculative plans for a bypass have been drawn up and repeatedly shelved. However, a bypass has finally been approved and construction began in early 2013 as part of the Barton Mills to Thetford improvement works.[2] The bypass is currently due to be opened in winter 2014.

Elveden Hall is the centrepiece of the Elveden Estate, a vast country estate that is now the family seat of the Anglo-Irish Guinness family, Earls of Iveagh. Formerly, it was the family home of Maharaja Duleep Singh, who is buried in the churchyard of St Andrew and St Patrick Church; his grave is visited by the Sikh community who pay homage to the last ruler of the Sikh Empire. A Center Parcs holiday complex is located to the North of the village in nearby Elveden Forest.

Elveden War Memorial, close to the A11 is 127-foot tall

The name Elveden seems to come from Old English *ælfa-dene 'elves' valley': the name appears, translated into Latin, as vallis nympharum 'valley of nymphs' in the mid-twelfth-century Miracula sancte Wihtburge.[3] During the 17th and 18th Centuries, the village was often referred to as Elden[4] and the village name is often incorrectly spelt today as 'Elvedon'.

Elveden and the nearby village of Weeting were used as the code-names for investigations into the News of the World phone hacking allegations during July 2011.[5] Operation Elveden is the name of the investigation into allegations of inappropriate payments having been made to the police in exchange for information.


  1. ^ a b Estimates of Total Population of Areas in Suffolk Suffolk County Council
  2. ^ "A11 Fiveways - Thetford Improvement". Highways Agency. Retrieved 2012-11-20. 
  3. ^ Alaric Hall, Elves in Anglo-Saxon England: Matters of Belief, Health, Gender and Identity, Anglo-Saxon Studies, 8 (Woodbridge: Boydell, 2007), pp. 64-65.
  4. ^ St Andrew and St Patrick parish registers - Suffolk Records Office, Bury St. Edmunds
  5. ^ Statement from Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police

External links[edit]

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