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St. Andrews Church, Chelmondiston
Chelmondiston is located in Suffolk
Location within Suffolk
Population1,054 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceTM204372
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townIPSWICH
Postcode districtIP9
AmbulanceEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
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. Archived from the original on 24 December 2012. Retrieved 12 April 2012.
  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. Archived from the original on 20 April 2013. Retrieved 18 April 2012.
  8. ^ "St Andrew, Chelmondiston". Suffolk Churches. Retrieved 2 January 2011.

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