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St.Peter's Church Yoxford - geograph.org.uk - 972479.jpg
St.Peter's Church Yoxford
Yoxford is located in Suffolk
Yoxford shown within Suffolk
Population726 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceTM396687
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townSaxmundham
Postcode districtIP17
EU ParliamentEast of England
List of places
52°15′50″N 1°30′32″E / 52.264°N 1.509°E / 52.264; 1.509Coordinates: 52°15′50″N 1°30′32″E / 52.264°N 1.509°E / 52.264; 1.509

Yoxford is a village in the east of Suffolk, England close to the Heritage Coast, Minsmere Reserve (RSPB), Aldeburgh and Southwold.

Location and governance[edit]

Yoxford, some 94 miles (151 km) north-east of London and 25 miles (40 km) north-east of Ipswich, is surrounded by the parkland of three country houses, in an area known as the "Garden of Suffolk". It takes its name from a ford across the nearby River Yox where oxen could pass. The village includes the junction of the A12 trunk road and the A1120.

An electoral ward in the same name exists. This stretches east to the sea with a total population taken at the 2011 census of 1,901.[2]

Facilities and sights[edit]

The Church of St Peter has a 15th-century Perpendicular-style exterior, but is mainly Victorian inside. It possesses a number of 15th–17th-century monumental brasses, which are displayed on the walls. The finely carved font dates from the early 15th century and the pulpit from the 17th century.[3]

The church parish belongs to the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich. Up to about 1830, the village came under Blything Hundred.

Yoxford Village Sign

On the edge of the village is Cockfield Hall, once the old home of the Blois family. The village is known for its antique shops. It also has a general store, a restaurant and a village hall. Education up to the age of 11 is provided by Yoxford and Peasenhall Primary School. Purpose-built nursery-age facilities were expected to open there in 2018.[4]

Yoxford has two pubs: Griffin Inn, a medieval house that reopened in 2013, and The King's Head. The 18th-century Satis House, like the Griffin Inn, offers accommodation. It is sometimes described erroneously as the original for the Satis House in Charles Dickens's Great Expectations. In fact the book describes Restoration House in Rochester, Kent, referred to as satis by Queen Elizabeth I of England. Yoxford's Satis House was known as plain Yoxford House until well after the novel appeared, as old Ordnance Survey maps confirm.

Every year; on the Sunday after Easter, the village holds a competition for eating brawn, known locally as pork cheese. During the event, a Brawn Queen is picked from the village and her first job as Queen is to ceremoniously cut the cheese.

Public transport[edit]

The village is served by Darsham railway station on the East Suffolk Line one mile (1.6 km) away. It offers an hourly weekday service (two-hourly on Sundays) between Ipswich, with connections to London, and Lowestoft, with connections to Norwich. The village is also served by four weekday buses a day between Aldeburgh and Halesworth and a once-daily Monday-to-Friday service between Leiston and Framlingham.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 19 September 2015.
  2. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 19 September 2015.
  3. ^ Britain Express Retrieved 29 November 2017.
  4. ^ Yox Valley Partnership Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  5. ^ Bus times Retrieved 29 November 2017.