St.Peter's Church Yoxford
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Location and governance
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.
Facilities and sights
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.
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.
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.
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.