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St. Andrews Church, Chelmondiston
Chelmondiston is located in Suffolk
Chelmondiston shown within Suffolk
Population 1,054 (2011)[1]
OS grid reference TM204372
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town IPSWICH
Postcode district IP9
Police Suffolk
Fire Suffolk
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament
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51°59′22″N 1°12′31″E / 51.98950°N 1.20861°E / 51.98950; 1.20861Coordinates: 51°59′22″N 1°12′31″E / 51.98950°N 1.20861°E / 51.98950; 1.20861

Chelmondiston is a small village and civil parish in Suffolk, England located on the Shotley peninsula, five miles south-east of Ipswich. The hamlet of Pin Mill lies within the parish on the south bank of the River Orwell. The village comprises approximately 500 dwellings and has a population of just over 1,000. It is one of the largest villages situated on the Shotley Peninsula. [2]


The etymology of the word Chelmondiston is perhaps ‘Ceolmund’s dwelling’. The parish contains a number of Bronze Age barrow sites. Chelmondiston and Pin Mill do not appear in the Domesday Book of 1086.[3] It was formerly known as Chelmington[4] and was located in the old Hundred of Babergh.[5]


The original parish church of St. Andrew was described in 1865 as an "old, small, dilapidated edifice, with a square tower",[6] and it was subsequently rebuilt by architect Edward Charles Hakewill. On 10 December 1944, during World War II, a flying bomb hit Hakewill's church and it was almost completely destroyed.[7] In 1951, Basil Hatcher was commissioned to provide a replacement. The modern St. Andrew's church includes a set of stained glass windows made by Francis Skeat in the 1960s.[8] There is also a Methodist church on the Main Road and a Baptist church on Pin Mill Road.

Notable residents[edit]


  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 10 September 2015.
  2. ^ "Chelmondiston and Pin Mill Parish website". OneSuffolk. Retrieved 12 April 2012.
  3. ^ "Pin Mill conservation area appraisal" (PDF). Babergh District Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 August 2012. Retrieved 13 April 2012.
  4. ^ "The English Home of Mr. Timothy Dalton, Parish of Woolverstone". Privately printed, 1898. Retrieved 14 April 2012.
  5. ^ "Relationships/unit history of Chelmondiston". A Vision of Britain through Time. Retrieved 12 April 2012.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Post Office Directory of 1865". The History of Suffolk site. Retrieved 13 April 2012.
  7. ^ "Memories of Pin Mill - 7 December 2005". Eastern Daily Press. Retrieved 18 April 2012.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "St Andrew, Chelmondiston". Suffolk Churches. Retrieved 2 January 2011.

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