A village straggling alongside a series of minor roads, recorded in Domesday variously as "Roburc", "Romborc" and "Ramburc". John Speed's 1610 map shows the village as "Rumboro".

The Benedictine monastery was founded before the Norman Conquest but closed by Cardinal Wolsey in 1528 to help fund the building of a college in Ipswich. It is said that through this act he had an unexpected windfall, as the Abbot of York had deposited many valuable items for "safe keeping" at the priory. Despite his protests they were never returned. Subsequently the fledgling college was closed by Henry VIII when Wolsey fell from power a short while later.

A Q Type bombing decoy was built in 1942 in the south (at TM 356 825) of St Michael South Elmham (but designated as Rumburgh) to deflect enemy bombers from RAF Bungay.

A hundred acre green which once stood on the border with Wissett may have been used in ancient football games.




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