The Saints, Suffolk

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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.

South Elmham comes from the Anglo-Saxon "hamlet where elms grew" and is first mentioned in Domesday Book as Almeham; North Elmham is in Norfolk, thirty miles away.

The Saints are

Each of the villages also constitutes a civil parish, apart from All Saints and St Nicholas, which are joined together in the All Saints and St Nicholas, South Elmham parish.

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.


An electoral ward of Waveney District Council with the same name exists. The population of this ward taken at the 2011 Census was 2,242.[1]


  1. ^ "Ward population 2011.accessdate=20 September 2015".

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Coordinates: 52°25′N 1°28′E / 52.41°N 1.47°E / 52.41; 1.47