It is about 2 miles away from the small town of Wickham Market. Marlesford has a place of worship and a pub. The area of the village that is on the A12 road (where the pub is) is due to be by-passed, the scheme will not be implemented until after 2016. It once had a railway station called Marlesford railway station but it was closed in 1952.
The station controlled the trains going to Framlingham and the trains were all steam locomotives with 3 level crossings in the village. one at the station, one at the house called the Hedges which Provides access on to Lime Tree Farm and the third one was at the Gatehouse which has now been converted into a private dwelling. This is also where Marlesford ford is now situated.