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For the Australian location, see Framlingham, Victoria. For the US town, see Framingham, Massachusetts.
Framlingham - Church of St Michael.jpg
Framlingham, Church of St Michael
Framlingham is located in Suffolk
 Framlingham shown within Suffolk
Population 3,342 (2011)
OS grid reference TM283634
District Suffolk Coastal
Shire county Suffolk
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district IP13
Dialling code 01728
Police Suffolk
Fire Suffolk
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament Central Suffolk and North Ipswich
List of places

Coordinates: 52°13′19″N 1°20′36″E / 52.22207°N 1.34342°E / 52.22207; 1.34342

Framlingham is a market town and civil parish in the Suffolk Coastal District of Suffolk, England. Commonly referred to as "Fram" by the locals, it is of Anglo-Saxon origin and is mentioned in the Domesday Book. It has a population of 3,114 at the 2001 census,[1] increasing to 3,342 at the 2011 Census.[2] Nearby villages include Earl Soham, Kettleburgh, Parham, Saxtead and Sweffling.


An electoral ward of the same name exists. This parish stretches north-east to Brundish with a total ward population taken at the 2011 Census of 4,744.[3]


Framlingham has a conservation area. The medieval Framlingham Castle is a major feature. The town is home to the summer arts festival Arts Framlingham, Framlingham Castle, the comprehensive secondary school Thomas Mills High School, the independent school Framlingham College, St Michael the Archangel church and Framlingham Town football club (see below). It is also home to the two oldest working post office pillar boxes in the United Kingdom which date from 1856 and can be seen at Double Street and College Road.[citation needed]

It is also home to one of the smallest houses in Britain, known as the "Check House". Converted into a two-storey residence of almost 29 square metres, the former bookmakers office[4] is in the Mauldens Mill Estate in the town centre. The ground floor measures 6.1m x 2.2m.[4]

In 2006, Country Life magazine voted Framlingham the number one place to live in the country.


The Framlingham Branch line connected Framlingham with the main Ipswich to Lowestoft railway at Wickham Market. The railway station is now the Station Hotel. The line was closed to passenger traffic in the 1950s and to goods in the 1960s. The nearest railway stations today are Wickham Market and Saxmundham, both on the East Suffolk Line.

The town is at the junction of the B1116, B1119 and B1120 roads. The local bus services are detailed at the link given in the references.[5]

Sport and leisure[edit]

Framlingham has a Non-League football club, Framlingham Town F.C., which plays at Badingham Road.

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Parish Headcounts : Suffolk Coastal Retrieved 2009-11-15
  2. ^ "Town population 2011". Retrieved 14 September 2015. 
  3. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 14 September 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Howes.S (2011) Tiny UK house with a giant price-tag, Sydney Morning Herald 2011-03-16. retrieved 2011-03-28
  5. ^ Bus services Retrieved 4 January 2015.
  6. ^ Biography. Retrieved 3 January 2015.
  7. ^ East Anglia's History... Retrieved 3 January 2015.

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