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St. Mary's church, Boxford
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Boxford is a large village and a civil parish in the Babergh district of Suffolk, England. Located around six miles east of Sudbury straddling the River Box and skirted by the Holbrook, in 2005 it had a population of 1,270. increasing to 1,221 at the 2011 Census.
According to Eilert Ekwall the meaning of the village name is "the ford where box trees grow". The village was mentioned in the Domesday Book, at which time it had a population of 18. During the Middle Ages, Boxford was a wool town..
As part of the American Bicentennial celebrations the townspeople of Boxford, Massachusetts, visited the villages of Boxford (there are three) in England during 1975 looking for the source of the name of their own village and decided that Boxford in Suffolk was likely to be where the name of their own town came from.
As a result of this the villagers of Boxford, Suffolk, were invited to Boxford, MA, the following summer. This drew attention from the media: the Evening Standard incorporated a photograph of the villagers in a centre-page spread in one of their November 1975 editions, and a TV crew led by Bernard Falk for the BBC Nationwide programme accompanied the villagers when they left for a two-week stay on 23 July 1976. A TWA Boeing 707 was hired which flew the villagers from London Heathrow to Boston Logan, from where they were bussed to Boxford, MA, and dispersed amongst receiving families.
Riddelsdell Brothers was established here in 1900 and is believed to be Europe's oldest recorded working garage.
Copella fruit juices are made at orchards at Hill Farm on the outskirts of Boxford.
Intrinsic to the parish of Boxford are two hamlets, the area to the immediate south of the church and centre is generally known as Stone Street and that to the east as Calais Street, neither separated by buffer zones of more than 250 metres and well connected by pavements/footpaths as well as roads.
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- "Riddelsdell Brothers Ltd, Boxford". WhoCanFixMyCar.com. 2011. Retrieved 2016-07-30.
Media related to Boxford, Suffolk at Wikimedia Commons