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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 (2005)[1]
254 (2011)[2]
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Thetford
Postcode district IP24
Dialling code 01842
Police Suffolk
Fire Suffolk
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament
List of places
52°23′13″N 0°40′34″E / 52.387°N 0.676°E / 52.387; 0.676Coordinates: 52°23′13″N 0°40′34″E / 52.387°N 0.676°E / 52.387; 0.676
Elveden War Memorial, close to the A11, is 127 feet tall.

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 bypassed by the A11 between Cambridge and Norwich, which ran through the centre of the village prior to 2014.


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-12th-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[citation needed] 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 in 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.


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.


  1. ^ a b Estimates of Total Population of Areas in Suffolk Archived 19 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine. Suffolk County Council
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 20 August 2016. 
  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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