Boxford, Suffolk

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St. Mary's church, Boxford
Boxford is located in Suffolk
 Boxford shown within Suffolk
Population 1,270 [1]
District Babergh
Shire county Suffolk
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
EU Parliament East of England
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Coordinates: 52°01′59″N 0°52′01″E / 52.033°N 0.867°E / 52.033; 0.867

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.[1]


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.[citation needed]. It is still a place with the trappings of a small town rather than a mere village.

International connections[edit]

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 from 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 the late 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.


There are two pubs in Boxford. The Fleece (a 15th-century grade II* listed coaching inn) [2] and the White Hart.

Copella fruit juices are made at orchards at Hill Farm on the outskirts of Boxford.


Also contained in the parish of Boxford are two hamlets, Stone Street and Calais Street (52°01′N 0°52′E / 52.01°N 00.86°E / 52.01; 00.86).

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  1. ^ a b Estimates of Total Population of Areas in Suffolk Suffolk County Council
  2. ^ "Name: THE FLEECE HOTEL List entry Number: 1037389". English Heritage. Retrieved 6 April 2014. 

External links[edit]

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