Kelsale cum Carlton

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St Peter's church, Carlton

Kelsale cum Carlton is a civil parish in the English county of Suffolk. Situated to the north of Saxmundham, the parish includes, in addition to Kelsale and Carlton, villages and hamlets such as Dorley's Corner, Curlew Green, East Green and North Green within its boundaries. The population of the Civil Parish at the 2011 Census was 990.[1]

Lych gate of St Mary and St Peter's church, Kelsale


In Kelsale village centre there is an Old Guildhall of 1495 that is now used as a training centre, and up on the hill the grade I listed Parish Church of St Mary and St Peter has a distinctive lych gate. Inside there is an elaborate pulpit dated before 1631 and a statue of Samuel Clouting by Thomas Thurlow of Saxmundham. [2] [3]

Kelsale has a Primary School.


Carlton is immediately north of Saxmundham and is the location for all the larger businesses based at the Carlton Park Industrial Estate. Adjoining this is the Carlton Park Sports ground which is owned by Saxmundham Sports Club, also the location of the Carlton Park Caravan Site. Also on the Carlton Park is Carlton Hall former home of Richard Garrett III who is buried there in the churchyard. The Church of St Peter has a brick tower set amongst arable land in the grounds of Carlton Park. [4]

Prominent on the skyline is Skoulding's Mill, a tower windmill which has been converted to residential accommodation.


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 17 September 2015. 
  2. ^ "Name: CHURCH OF ST MARY AND ST PETER List entry Number: 1199020". English Heritage. Retrieved 2 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Name: LYCH GATE TO CHURCH OF ST MARY AND ST PETER List entry Number: 1030671". English Heritage. Retrieved 2 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "Name: CHURCH OF ST PETER List entry Number: 1030668". English Heritage. Retrieved 2 April 2014. 

Coordinates: 52°13′44″N 1°29′31″E / 52.229°N 1.492°E / 52.229; 1.492