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Framlingham Castle Sunset.jpg
Framlingham Castle
Framlingham is located in Suffolk
Location within Suffolk
Area18.97 km2 (7.32 sq mi)
Population3,342 (2011)
• Density176/km2 (460/sq mi)
OS grid referenceTM283634
Civil parish
  • Framlingham
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtIP13
Dialling code01728
AmbulanceEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
52°13′19″N 1°20′36″E / 52.22207°N 1.34342°E / 52.22207; 1.34342Coordinates: 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 Suffolk, England. Of Anglo-Saxon origin, it appears in the 1086 Domesday Book. The parish had a population of 3,342 at the 2011 Census and an estimated 4,016 in 2019.[1][2] Nearby villages include Earl Soham, Kettleburgh, Parham, Saxtead and Sweffling.


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


Framlingham's history can be traced to an entry in the Domesday Book (1086) when it then consisted of several manors.

The medieval Framlingham Castle is a major feature managed by English Heritage. Mary Tudor (daughter of Henry VIII and his first wife Catherine of Aragon) was proclaimed Queen of England there in 1553. It is referred to in Ed Sheeran's 2017 single "Castle on the Hill", Sheeran having grown up in Framlingham. There is a large lake or mere next to it which used to supply the castle with fish. It is managed by the Suffolk Wildlife Trust; a nature walk can be made around it.

The town is home to the comprehensive secondary Thomas Mills High School, the independent school Framlingham College, the Church of St Michael the Archangel, which dates from the 12th century (the main rebuilding dates from the late 15th and 16th centuries), and Framlingham Town F.C.

The town has the two oldest functioning Post Office pillar boxes in the UK, dating from 1856, located in Double Street and in College Road.[4] The pillar boxes are marked V. R. Victoria Regina, after Queen Victoria.

Framlingham also has one of the smallest houses in Britain, known as the "Check House". Converted into a two-storey residence of under 29 square metres, the former bookmakers office[5] is in the Mauldens Mill Estate in the town centre. The ground floor measures 20 feet (6.1 m) by 7 feet 3 inches (2.21 m).[5]

There is a traditional English market in the town square, Market Hill, every Tuesday and Saturday mornings offering fruit and vegetables, artisan bread and cakes, fresh fish, coffee, cheese and pies, and other occasional stalls.

Framlingham is surrounded by agricultural land. It lies some 14 miles from the coastal town of Aldeburgh and 20 miles from Southwold. It is also 10 miles from the renowned music centre of Snape Maltings.

In 2006 Country Life magazine voted Framlingham the best place to live in the country.[6]

Framlingham has a conservation area. An oak tree planted in 1911 in honour of the Coronation of King George V survives outside the old railway station, now a pub named The Station in Station Road.

Framlingham was the main location for the 2014 BBC4 television comedy series Detectorists, starring Mackenzie Crook, Toby Jones and Rachael Stirling. It has also appeared in other TV programmes.


Framlingham College is an independent, co-educational secondary school for boarders and day students, opened as Albert Memorial College in 1865 in memory of Albert, Prince Consort. Its associated preparatory school is at Brandeston Hall.[7]

Thomas Mills High School, dating from 1751, is considerably older than Framlingham College. It is a mixed secondary state school for pupils aged 11–18, which gained academy status in 2011.[8] The singer Ed Sheeran attended this school.

Of the town's three primary schools, the oldest is Sir Robert Hitcham's Church of England Voluntary Primary School, dating back to at least 1654. It now has 350 pupils and another 26 in its nursery.[9]


The Framlingham Branch connected Framlingham by rail with the main Ipswich to Lowestoft East Suffolk line at Wickham Market. The railway station building stands adjacent to the Station Hotel. The branch closed to passenger traffic in the 1950s and to goods in the 1960s. The nearest stations today are Wickham Market (7 miles (11 km)) at Campsea Ashe and Saxmundham (8 miles (13 km)), both on the East Suffolk Line.

The town is at the junction of the B1116, B1119 and B1120 roads, four miles (6.4 km) west of the A12. The local bus services are detailed on the Suffolk On Board site.[10]

Sport and leisure[edit]

Framlingham has a Non-League football club, Framlingham Town F.C., which plays at Badingham Road, where there is a sports club offering tennis, archery, badminton, hockey and croquet. It is also where the cycling club meets. The town has a rambling club and an active Scout and Cubs group. The modern St John Ambulance Centre is in Fairfield Road.

Framlingham College, an Independent School has a swimming pool and gymnasium open to the public in pre-booked slots. Membership fees are required.

Notable people[edit]

In order of birth:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ City Population site. Retrieved 1 April 2021.
  2. ^ "Town population 2011". Retrieved 14 September 2015.
  3. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 14 September 2015.
  4. ^ "A short introduction to the history of the British Pillar Box". Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  5. ^ a b S. Howes, 2011 Tiny UK house with a giant price-tag, Sydney Morning Herald 16 March 2011. Retrieved 28 March 2011
  6. ^ "Fram named nation's best place to live". East Anglian Daily Times. Retrieved 22 October 2020.
  7. ^ EduBase2 Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  8. ^ School site Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  9. ^ School site: Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  10. ^ Suffolk on Board. Retrieved 18 September 2020.
  11. ^ Retrieved 3 January 2015. Biography
  12. ^ Vega, Jose L. (11 May 2017). "Edmund Goodwyn and the first description of diving bradycardia". Journal of Applied Physiology. 123 (2): 275–277. doi:10.1152/japplphysiol.00221.2017. ISSN 8750-7587. PMID 28495845.
  13. ^ East Anglia's History... Retrieved 3 January 2015.
  14. ^ What's the link between these girls and a hardly-known Suffolk 'hero' honoured by China?, East Anglian Daily Times, 14 December 2015. Retrieved 20 March 2020.

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