This linear village, along the A1101, has two churches; St James and All Saints. The latter is now redundant but has some interesting 14th century tiles.
The village was recorded in Domesday as "Ecclingaham".
The 1855 White's Directory lists 2 beer houses run by Fanny Naylor.
According to A Survey of Suffolk Parish History, 1 inn holder was recorded in the parish as long ago as 1694.