St.John the Baptist Church, Saxmundham
|Population||3,644 (2011 Census)|
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|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Ambulance||East of England|
|EU Parliament||East of England|
Saxmundham (// SAKS-mən-dəm) is a small market town in Suffolk, England. It is set in the valley of the River Fromus, a tributary of the River Alde, approximately 18 miles (29 km) northeast of Ipswich and 5 miles (8.0 km) west of the coast at Sizewell. The town is bypassed by the A12 and is served by Saxmundham railway station on the East Suffolk Line.
Saxmundham Town Council comes under the new East Suffolk District. It was previously in Suffolk Coastal District. The district electoral ward also has the name Saxmundham. Its population at the 2011 census was 4,913.
The town's name allegedly derives from the Old English "Seizmond's Home". The earliest recorded mention of Saxmundham is in the Domesday Book of 1086 which mentions three churches. It has had a market charter since at least 1272 and carries on the tradition to this day.
- Ray Allen (born 1975), NBA All-Star, spent some of his childhood in Saxmundham
- Henry Bright (1810–1873), painter
- Jerome Bright (1770–1846), clockmaker
- Bernard Collins (1880–1951), cricketer
- Herbert Heyner (1882–1954), baritone, died here.
- Sam Miller (living), television director
- Thomas Stopher (born 1825), master craftsman in wood
- Thomas Thurlow (1813–1899), sculptor
- Hamlet Watling (1818–1908), painter and schoolmaster
Brother Eadulf has become Saxmundham's most famous international fictional character. He appears in the best-selling Sister Fidelma mysteries written by Peter Tremayne (nom de plume of the Celtic scholar and author Peter Beresford Ellis). Brother Eadulf is companion and assistant to Sister Fidelma and often plays a crucial part in resolving the mystery. He is introduced as originally the hereditary gerefa (magistrate) of "Seaxmund's Ham in the land of the South Folk." He attends the famous Synod of Whitby in 664 AD and joins Sister Fidelma in solving a murder of one of the delegates (Absolution by Murder, 1994). He has since appeared in most of the novels and some of the short stories although the Saxmundham area has been used as a setting in only one of the novels; The Haunted Abbot (2002). Tremayne chose Saxmundham as Eadulf's place of origin because of local connections, the nearness of the town to an ancient royal burial site of the East Angles as well as the East Anglian historic connections with Irish Christian missionaries. He has appeared in all but two of the Sister Fidelma series of mystery novels, set in 7th century Ireland.
- "Town population 2011". Retrieved 17 September 2015.
- [saxmundham. org Town Council site. Retrieved 14 August 2019.]
- "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 17 September 2015.
- "The Sister Fidelma Mysteries: Essays on the Historical Novels of Peter Tremayne". Google books.
- "JockBio: Ray Allen Biography". jockbio.com. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
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- Saxmundham Town Council website
- The Saxmundham & District Community Interest Company
- Saxmundham businesses website
- Town Community website
- Saxmundham Community
- Henry Bright, Norwich School of Painters — Saxmundham Website
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