Gislingham is a small village which contains several pretty thatched buildings. It's one of five parishes which shared Allwood green as common land until its enclosure in the 19th century. Alwood green was once the largest area of common land in Suffolk. The other bounding parishes were Finningham, Walsham le Willows, Rickinghall Superior and Rickinghall Inferior.

The village was recorded in Domesday variously as "Gislingheham", "Gislingaham", "Gildincham", "Gissilincham" and "Gislingham"; John Speed's 1610 map shows the village as "Giſlingham"

A tower mill on Mill Street was demolished in 1930. The old Guildhall dates from the late 15th century, but has been much altered since.




The 1861 Census lists John Payer (Beerhouse Keeper, pub not named, Head/Married/39/born Gislingham) [Six Bells?]

The 1865 Kellys Directory lists a beer retailer called Robert Cook the Prince of Wales?

The 1869 Kellys Directory lists two beer retailers called Robert Cook the Prince of Wales? and Mrs Maria Jantzen.


Some historical information from English Heritage's National Monuments Record.