Framlingham, Church of St Michael
Framlingham shown within Suffolk
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Framlingham is a market town and civil parish in Suffolk, England. Of Anglo-Saxon origin, it is mentioned in the Domesday Book. It had a population of 3,342 at the 2011 Census. Nearby villages include Earl Soham, Kettleburgh, Parham, Saxtead and Sweffling.
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.
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 is in the Mauldens Mill Estate in the town centre. The ground floor measures 6.1m x 2.2m.
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.
Sport and leisure
- Thomas Howard, 2nd Duke of Norfolk (1443–1524), who held office under four kings, died at Framlingham Castle.
- Rev. Nicholas Danforth (1589–1636) and family left Framlingham in 1634 for Massachusetts Bay Colony, where his land grant became the town of Framingham, Massachusetts.
- Thomas Danforth, a Massachusetts Bay Colony magistrate and landowner, was born in 1623 in Framlingham, son of Nicholas.
- Samuel Danforth, poet, Puritan and evangelist to American Indians, was born in 1626 in Framlingham, son of Nicholas.
- Nicholas Revett, architect and theorist, was born in Framlingham in 1720.
- Alethea Lewis (1749–1787), the novelist, was brought up by her maternal grandfather in Framlingham.
- Robert Hindes Groome (1810–1889), composer, author and cleric, was born in Framlingham.
- Henry Thompson (1820–1894), a polymath and a surgeon who operated on the Belgian royal family, was born in Framlingham.
- John Cordy Jeaffreson (1831–1901), writer and lawyer, was born in Framlingham.
- Francis Stocks (1873–1929), county cricketer, died in Framlingham.
- Frederick Bird (1875–1965), county cricketer and cleric, was born in Framlingham.
- Michael Lord (born 1938), deputy speaker and MP for the town, took the title Baron Framlingham rather than "Lord Lord" on becoming a life peer.
- Charles Freeman (born 1947), former Head of History at St. Clare's, Oxford, and teacher of Ancient History for Cambridge University’s Extramural programme. Prolific author on ancient, Christian and early Mediaeval history.
- Alice Russell (born 1976), soul singer, grew up in Framlingham.
- Laura Wright (born 1990), classical/popular crossover soprano, grew up in Framlingham.
- Ed Sheeran (born 1991), singer–songwriter, grew up in Framlingham and attended Thomas Mills High School.
- "Town population 2011". Retrieved 14 September 2015.
- "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 14 September 2015.
- "A short introduction to the history of the British Pillar Box". Retrieved 11 May 2016.
- Howes.S (2011) Tiny UK house with a giant price-tag, Sydney Morning Herald 2011-03-16. retrieved 2011-03-28
- Bus services Retrieved 4 January 2015.
- Biography. Retrieved 3 January 2015.
- East Anglia's History... Retrieved 3 January 2015.
- The Framlingham website
- Framlingham: Local History
- The History of Framlingham, in the County of Suffolk: Including Brief Notices of the Masters and Fellows of Pembroke-Hall in Cambridge, from the Foundation of the College, to the Present Time, Robert Hawes & Robert Loder, published 1798
- The History, Topography, and Antiquities of Framlingham and Saxsted, in the County of Suffolk, R. Green, published 1834