"ELMSETT, a parish in the hundred of Cosford, county Suffolk, 4 miles N.E. of Hadleigh, its post town and railway station on the Great Eastern line, and 8 N.W. of Ipswich. It is situated on a tributary of the river Orwell. There is a dropping well id this parish, the water of which is said to possess a healing virtue for certain complaints. This was the birthplace of the Rev. John Boyse, one of the translators of the Bible. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Ely, value £580, in the patronage of Clare Hall, Cambridge. The church is an ancient structure of flint. It is dedicated to St. Peter, and contains some old monuments. The register commences in 1684. There are charities producing about £3 per annum. The Baptists have a chapel. A fair is held on Whit-Monday."
Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)