The Saints, Suffolk
The Saints are a group of villages in Suffolk, England, between the rivers Blyth and Waveney near to the border with Norfolk. The villages are all named after a saint (that of their parish church), and either South Elmham or Ilketshall named after the 'hall of Alfkethill'. Known by locals as 'up the Parishes' the area is found between the small towns of Halesworth, Harleston, Bungay and Beccles. During World War II signposts were removed which resulted in many US Airman having difficulty finding the way back to RAF Bungay at Flixton and other local airfields including Metfield.
The Saints are
- All Saints' South Elmham
- St Cross South Elmham (also known as Sancroft St George, and Sancroft).
- St James South Elmham
- St Margaret South Elmham
- St Mary, South Elmham (also known as Homersfield)
- St Michael South Elmham
- St Nicholas South Elmham (church no longer present)
- St Peter South Elmham
- Ilketshall St Andrew
- St John, Ilketshall
- Ilketshall St Lawrence
- Ilketshall St Margaret
- Flixton is generally grouped within the Saints
St Michael is one of the Thankful Villages. It is unclear whether North Elmham or South Elmham, Suffolk is the site of East Anglia's second See ("Helmham"), founded in the reign of King Ealdwulf (c.664-713) according to Bede.
- Where it all began — South Elmham Minster
- The Saints from suffolkchurches.co.uk
- The Mystery of the two Elmhams
- The Brewery and Hall — St Peters
- Flixton Parish — aka St Mary South Elmham
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