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Debenham village sign
Debenham is located in Suffolk
Location within Suffolk
Area16.89 km2 (6.52 sq mi)
Population2,210 (2011) inc Winston & Aspall[1]
• Density131/km2 (340/sq mi)
OS grid referenceTM173632
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townStowmarket
Postcode districtIP14
Dialling code01728 86
AmbulanceEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
52°13′26″N 1°10′48″E / 52.224°N 1.180°E / 52.224; 1.180Coordinates: 52°13′26″N 1°10′48″E / 52.224°N 1.180°E / 52.224; 1.180

Debenham is a village and civil parish located 11 miles (18 km) north of Ipswich[2] in the Mid Suffolk district of Suffolk, England.[3] The River Deben rises in the parish, and flows along a prolonged ford through the village.[4]

In 1086, Debenham was a comparatively large village of 69 households in the hundred of Claydon.[5]

At the 2001 census the parish population was recorded as 1,728[6] increasing to 2,210 at the 2011 census though including the parishes of Aspall and Winston. It is currently estimated to be 2,274.[7]

In 1991 Prince Alexandre of Belgium was married in the village however the marriage was kept a secret until 1998. [8]

In November 2020, filming on the thriller movie Confession started at Debenham Church. The film stars Colm Meaney.[9]

Village facilities[edit]

Village amenities and facilities include a post office, library, pharmacy, doctors' surgery, osteopath, a police station and fire station, cafes, a supermarket, a newsagents, green grocers, butcher, baker, florist and antiques dealer, and hardware and pottery outlets. There is currently one pub, the Woolpack; though it is hoped the Angel and Red Lion will be reopening soon.[10] St Mary's Arts Exhibition started in 1976 and runs each year during the summer.[11] There is also a yearly fete on High Street.[citation needed]


The local football club, Debenham LC is based at the village's leisure centre, and plays in Division One of the Eastern Counties League.[12]


Debenham High School first opened in 1964 on Gracechurch Street and caters for 650 pupils aged 11–16. Debenham also has a primary school, Sir Robert Hitcham CEVAP School, for ages 5–11 on School Corner.[13]


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 19 August 2016.
  2. ^ AA Book of British Villages. Drive Publications Limited. 1980. p. 143. ISBN 9780340254875.
  3. ^ OS Explorer map 211: Bury St.Edmunds and Stowmarket Scale: 1:25 000. Publisher:Ordnance Survey – Southampton A2 edition. Publishing Date:2008. ISBN 978 0319240519
  4. ^ "Fords in Suffolk". Wet Roads. Retrieved 9 December 2013.
  5. ^ Open Domesday Online: Debenham
  6. ^ Debenham Profile Archived 22 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine OCSI commissioned by Suffolk Acre 2007
  7. ^ "Debenham (Parish, United Kingdom) - Population Statistics, Charts, Map and Location". Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  8. ^ Séguy, Philippe (29 April 2008). "Léa de Belgique: Il faut en finir avec le malheur". Point de Vue (in French): 18–21.
  9. ^ Sullivan, Oliver (20 November 2020). "Hollywood comes to Suffolk for new thriller movie". Ipswich Star.
  10. ^ "about our village » Debenham". Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  11. ^ "Home". St Mary's Art Exhibition. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  12. ^ "DEBENHAM LCFC". DEBENHAM LCFC. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  13. ^ "Sir Robert Hitcham CEVA Primary School - Home". Retrieved 16 July 2020.

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