Orford, Suffolk

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Orford
Orford - Church of St Bartholomew.jpg
Parish Church of St Bartholomew, Orford
Orford is located in Suffolk
Orford
Orford
 Orford shown within Suffolk
Population 690 (2001 Census)
OS grid reference TM422499
District Suffolk Coastal
Shire county Suffolk
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town WOODBRIDGE
Postcode district IP12
Dialling code 01394
Police Suffolk
Fire Suffolk
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament Suffolk Coastal
List of places
UK
England
Suffolk

Coordinates: 52°05′42″N 1°32′04″E / 52.094977°N 1.53444°E / 52.094977; 1.53444

Appleton-Alb345b.1Cropped.jpg

Orford is the centre-left settlement depicted in this 1588 map

Orford is a small town in Suffolk, England, within the Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB.

Like many Suffolk coastal towns it was of some importance as a port and fishing village in the Middle Ages. It still has a fine mediaeval castle, built to dominate the River Ore.

The main geographical feature of the area is Orford Ness, a long, wide shingle spit at the mouth of the Ore. Orford Ness has in the past been used as an airstrip testing facility and in the early 1970s it was the site of a powerful radar station as part of the Cold War defences against low flying attacking aircraft; today it is a nature reserve run by the National Trust.

Orford quay viewed from the Orford Ness ferry dock.

Orford provides the only point of access to the nature reserves of Orford Ness and Havergate Island. Both sites can only be accessed via ferry boat from Orford quay. The Orford Ness ferry runs on selected days between April and October[1] and the Havergate Island ferry on selected Saturdays.[2]

The population of Orford greatly increases during the summer months due to its flourishing sailing club. As well as the Castle, Orford's attractions include river cruises, three pubs, a traditional post office which sells fresh bread, a traditional bakery, a smokehouse and a restaurant; the Butley-Orford Oysterage.


See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]