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Debenham village sign
Debenham is located in Suffolk
Location within Suffolk
Population2,040 [1]
2,210 (2011)[2]
OS grid referenceTM173632
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townStowmarket
Postcode districtIP14
EU ParliamentEast of England
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 large village and civil parish in the Mid Suffolk district of Suffolk in Eastern England.[3] In the 2001 census the population recorded was 1,728.[4] In 2005 the population was estimated to have increased to 2,040 mainly as a result of the building of a new housing estate.[1]


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


The River Deben rises in the parish, and runs along a prolonged ford through the village, and claims to be the longest ford in the United Kingdom.[6]

Services and amenities[edit]

This large village has many shops including a supermarket, green grocers, butcher, bakers, florists, antiques, hardware, pottery and newsagents. There are two pubs, the Woolpack and the Angel, and several cafes. Services include a post office, library, pharmacy, doctors, police station and fire station.

Debenham High School (for pupils aged 11–16) is situated on Gracechurch Street. Debenham also has a primary school for ages 5–11.


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


Debenham Arts Festival started in 2009 and runs each year for a week in June. There is also a yearly fete on the high street.


  1. ^ a b Estimates of Total Population of Areas in Suffolk Archived December 19, 2008, at the Wayback Machine Suffolk County Council
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 19 August 2016.
  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. ^ Debenham Profile Archived 2012-03-22 at the Wayback Machine OCSI commissioned by Suffolk Acre 2007
  5. ^ Open Domesday Online: Debenham
  6. ^ "Fords in Suffolk". Wet Roads. Retrieved 9 December 2013.

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