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History of Elmstone

Elmstone comes from the Old English ‘tūn’ meaning an ‘enclosure, a farmstead, village’ combined with a personal name; therefore, ‘Æthelmær’s village’. The Domesday Book records Elmstone as Ælvetone.


Elmstone parish church, which is without dedication, is a Grade: II listed building. The Normans built it in the 12th century, added the tower in the following century, with remodelling and extensions 100 year later. Richard Phelps cast and hung a ring of three bells in 1712. In 1800, Edward Hasted described the Elmstone church as a ‘small building, consisting of a body, a very small north isle, and a chancel, having a square tower, embattled at the north-west corner, in which there are three bells’. The Victorians carried out restorations in 1878, and 1900.