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The countryside around Claydon is set among low-lying hills and lies next to the River Gipping. It is close to the intersection of the A14 and the B1113. Between the A14 and the B1113 (former A45) is the Ipswich to Ely Line.
The village has two pubs: The Crown and The Greyhound. There is also a bakers and sandwich bar Freshfills, post office, fish and chip shop, hotel, hairdressers, car dealership and travel agency. It also has a primary school and Claydon High School. There are regular bus connections to Ipswich, Bramford and Stowmarket from the centre of the village.
At the top of the hill on Church Lane can be found the Church of St Peter, which has been partially restored. It is one of the few pre-Norman churches in Suffolk. The interior contains a wooden fan-vaulted ceiling.
Former fuel storage depot
An Air Force distribution depot was constructed around 1939 by Shell-Mex & BP for the Air Ministry. It received fuel by rail and distributed it by road tanker. In the 1970s two new sites were constructed with modern storage tanks and pump-houses. It was connected to the Government Pipeline and Storage System and supplied RAF Bentwaters and Woodbridge. The wartime site was sold off in the mid 2000s and later demolished. The other two sites are no longer operational.
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