Ufford, Suffolk

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Ufford is located in Suffolk
Ufford shown within Suffolk
Population 808 (2001)
948 (2011)
OS grid reference TM2952
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Woodbridge
Postcode district IP13
Dialling code 01394
Police Suffolk
Fire Suffolk
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament
List of places
52°07′23″N 1°21′04″E / 52.1231°N 1.3512°E / 52.1231; 1.3512Coordinates: 52°07′23″N 1°21′04″E / 52.1231°N 1.3512°E / 52.1231; 1.3512

Ufford is a village and civil parish in Suffolk, England. At the time of the 2001 census, the parish had a population of 808,[1] which increased to 948 at the 2011 Census.[2]


It lies 2 miles (3.2 km) south-south-west of Wickham Market and 13 miles (21 km) north-east of Ipswich. The main road through the village is the B1438, which has been replaced as a trunk road by the parallel A12. The nearest railway station at Melton (2 miles; 3.2 km) offers trains between Ipswich and Lowestoft about once an hour on weekdays and once in two hours on Sundays.[3] Passing through Ufford there are five daytime buses a day between Woodbridge and Framlingham on Mondays to Fridays,[4] and regular daytime services between Aldeburgh and Ipswich on Mondays to Saturdays.[5]


The historic St Mary's Anglican Church dates back to the 11th century,[6] It is served by the Rector of Melton and Ufford, Rev. Paul Hambling. There is a church hall.[7] The War Memorial in the church records the names of 22 men who died in the First World War and four who died in the Second.[8]

Ufford contains 28 listed edifices, the oldest of which is the church (Grade I). Most are dwelling houses, some of them thatched, in the eastern part of the village surrounding the church.[9]

St Mary The Assumption church is famous for its remarkable medieval wood carvings, in particular its extraordinary font cover from about 1450, which is tallest medieval font cover in England, being 20 feet (6 metres) high. It is surmounted by a pelican pecking its breast to feed its chicks, a symbol for Christ feeding the faithful with his own body. The notorious 17th Century iconoclast William Dowsing left the structure intact after visiting the church in 1644, noting in his diary that it was “gorgeous… like a pope’s triple crown.”[10]


The village also has a Community Hall and Recreation Ground.[11] There is a golf course at Ufford Park Hotel. Ufford Sports Football Club plays in the Suffolk and Ipswich Football League.[12]

The nearest schools are at Melton and Woodbridge.[13]

Ufford has two pubs, the Ufford Crown and the White Lion. The nearest shopping facilities are in Wickham Market and Woodbridge.

Notable people[edit]

In birth order:


  1. ^ "Ufford CP (Parish)". 2001 Census: Key Statistics. Office for National Statistics.  Retrieved 4 March 2010
  2. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 15 September 2015. 
  3. ^ Train timetable Retrieved 4 April 2017.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Suffolk on board Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  5. ^ Suffolk on board Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  6. ^ Britain Express Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  7. ^ Local church site, including photographs. Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  8. ^ Roll of Honour – Suffolk Retrieved 4 April 2017.[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ British Listed Buildings (Ufford, Suffolk Coastal) Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  10. ^ Winn, Christopher (2014). I Never Knew That about England's Country Churches. Random House. ISBN 9780091945251. p.264.
  11. ^ Parish site Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  12. ^ Ufford Sports FC Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  13. ^ Parish site Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  14. ^ ODNB entry by Kate Flint: Retrieved 4 May 2012.

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