Roland the Farter (known in contemporary records as Roland le Fartere, Roulandus le Fartere or Roland le Petour) was a medieval flatulist who lived in twelfth-century England. He was given Hemingstone manor and 12 hectares of land in return for his services as a jester for King Henry II. Each year he was obliged to perform "Unum saltum et siffletum et unum bumbulum" (one jump, one whistle, and one fart) for the King's court at Christmas.

Hemingstone was recorded in Domesday variously as "Hamingestuna", "Haminghelanda" and "Hamigestuna".

Stonewall farmhouse (see gallery) is understood to be the oldest building in the parish and dates from about 1500.

Hemingstone Hall (see gallery) is a Grade 1 Listed manor house, dating from the early 17th century (possibly 1625). It's hidden away on Rectory Road where it's probable that not many people go past.




Thomas Peacock, beer seller, of Hemingstone was fined 10s 6d for keeping his house open for the sale of beer after the hour 10pm Ipswich Journal, Oct 1840**

In 1855 White's Directory Wm. Mayhew is listed as a brewer and Wm. Edwards (shoemaker) is listed as beer house keeper. Brewery Farm (on Low Road, west of Church Road) may have been where the former was located.

In 1861 census in Ash Road William Mayhew/67y/Master brewer emp. 2 men 1 boy/Stutton

In 1865 Kellys Directory George Groom (& sheep dresser) is listed as a beer retailer.…