The Village - About

Chelsworth

For those of you who want to come and visit us, Chelsworth lies in the heart of south Suffolk on the B1115 about 5 miles east of Lavenham and 1 mile west of Bildeston

The quiet and graceful nature of the area has been admired by many over the years, and Julian Tennyson, great grandson of Queen Victoria’s Poet Laureate, said of our village: "But I have a perfect village of my own finding, which I pride myself is quite unknown. It is Chelsworth. It lies completely hidden in a little valley. Its cottages are irregular, very well kept and finely timbered. It borders a stream, a quiet reedy stream, whose banks are lined with rich and gigantic trees. I can’t tell you why I think it is perfect. Perhaps it is because Chelsworth has been left to itself."


Equally significant is the historic church in its parkland setting: “There is no other church in Suffolk quite like All Saints.... character quite in keeping with this pretty village of half-timbered houses. It is bold, and majestic, and seen across the fields has a beauty of its own that none can match. Chelsworth is the thinking-person's Prettiest Suffolk Village.”