Things to do in Elveden, Suffolk
The village can be a bottleneck but plans for a bypass have frequently been postponed.
The magnificent and unusual church of St Andrew and St Patrick in Elveden has two towers, a cloister and two naves.
Pre-1860 it was a fairly typical village church but a series of grand building programs made it quite unique.Prince Duleep Singh and his wife came to England when the British took over in the Punjab. Formerly the leader of the Sikh people, the Prince converted to Christianity and was given the lease on Elveden Hall which he rebuilt in 1870.
He also paid for many improvements to the local church.
A memorial window to the Maharajah Prince Duleep Singh can be seen in the chapel along with his simple grave in the churchyard.
The Prince's family line died out and the large country estate reverted to the Crown.
The first Earl ordered the building of a new church in 1904, incorporating the original church as the south aisle.
Present Day ElvedenOn the approach to the village is the largest war memorial in Suffolk.
It is over 30 metres high and at one time visitors could climb up inside.
It commemorated the loss of life during the world wars from the parish of Elveden, St Andrew and St Patrick.
However, it is said that there have been more lives lost since the war due to road accidents in the area than there are names on the war memorial.
Elveden Hall remains a private country estate and is the largest arable farm in the country.
The hall has occasionally been used as a film location for James Bond's The Living Daylights and Angelina Jolie's Tomb Raider.
Things to do in Elveden
The High Lodge Visitor Centre offers cycle hire, walking trails and a café.
The Go Ape high wire adventure course at Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest also runs through an area of the forest.
The area has many local walks and is close to the long distance Peddars Way.