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For the Australian location, see Framlingham, Victoria. For the US town, see Framingham, Massachusetts.
Framlingham - Church of St Michael.jpg
Framlingham, Church of St Michael
Framlingham is located in Suffolk
 Framlingham shown within Suffolk
Population 3,114 (2001)
OS grid reference TM283634
Civil parish Framlingham
District Suffolk Coastal
Shire county Suffolk
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district IP13
Dialling code 01728
Police Suffolk
Fire Suffolk
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament Central Suffolk and North Ipswich
List of places

Coordinates: 52°13′19″N 1°20′36″E / 52.22207°N 1.34342°E / 52.22207; 1.34342

Framlingham is a market town and civil parish in the Suffolk Coastal District of Suffolk, England. Commonly referred to as "Fram" by the locals, it is of Anglo-Saxon origin and is mentioned in the Domesday Book. It has a population of 3,114 at the 2001 census.[1] Nearby villages include Earl Soham, Kettleburgh, Parham, Saxtead, and Sweffling.


Framlingham has a conservation area. The town is home to the summer arts festival Arts Framlingham, Framlingham Castle, the comprehensive secondary school Thomas Mills High School, the independent school Framlingham College, St Michael the Archangel church and Framlingham Town football club. It is also home to the two oldest working post office pillar boxes in the United Kingdom which date from 1856 and can be seen at Double Street and College Road.[citation needed]

It is also home to one of the smallest houses in Britain, known as "The Check House". Converted into a two-storey residence of almost 29 square metres, the former bookmakers office[2] is in the Mauldens Mill Estate in the town centre. The ground floor measures 6.1m x 2.2m.[2]

The nearest stations are Wickham Market and Saxmundham. Both stations are on the East Suffolk Line.

In 2006, Country Life magazine voted Framlingham the number one place to live in the country.

Notable people[edit]

Rev Nicholas Danforth and family left Framlingham to become a colonist in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in the 17th century, and property granted him became the town of Framingham, Massachusetts. The novelist Alethea Lewis was brought up by her maternal grandfather in the town. Another famous son of Framlingham is the architectural theorist, archaeologist and artist Nicholas Revett. Michael Lord, a former Second Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means (deputy Speaker of the House of Commons) and MP for the town, took the title of Baron Framlingham on enoblement in order to avoid becoming 'Lord Lord'.

Singer Ed Sheeran also grew up in Framlingham and attended Thomas Mills High School.

Singer Laura Wright grew up in Framlingham.


The Framlingham Branch line connected Framlingham with the main Ipswich to Lowestoft railway at Wickham Market. The station is now the Station Hotel. The line was closed to passenger traffic in the 1950s and to freight in the 1960s.

The town is at the junction of the B1116, B1119 and B1120 roads.

Sport and leisure[edit]

Framlingham has a Non-League football club Framlingham Town F.C., which play at Badingham Road.

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