|Area||18.97 km2 (7.32 sq mi)|
|• Density||176/km2 (460/sq mi)|
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|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Ambulance||East of England|
Framlingham is an English market town and civil parish in Suffolk. 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.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.
Framlingham's history can be traced to an entry in the Doomsday book (1086) when it then consisted of several manors.
The medieval Framlingham Castle is a major feature in the town, managed by English Heritage. Mary Tudor (daughter of Henry VIII and his first wife Catherine of Aragon) was proclaimed Queen of England at Framlingham castle in 1553. The castle 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 also 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.The pillar boxes are marked V. R., to mark the reign of 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 20 feet (6.1 m) by 7 feet 3 inches (2.21 m).is in the Mauldens Mill Estate in the town centre. The ground floor measures
There is a traditional English market in the town square, Market Hill, every Tuesday and Saturday offering fruit and vegetables, artisan bread and cakes, fresh fish, coffee, cheese and pies and on occasion, other independent stalls.
Framlingham is located 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. It is itself surrounded by agricultural land.
In 2006, Country Life magazine voted Framlingham the number one place to live in the country.
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 setting for the 2014 BBC4 television comedy series The Detectorists, starring Mackenzie Crook, Toby Jones and Rachel Stirling and has appeared in other TV programmes.
Framlingham College is an independent, co-educational secondary school for boarders and day students. It opened as Albert Memorial College in 1865 in memory of Albert, Prince Consort. Its associated preparatory school is at Brandeston Hall.
Thomas Mills High School dates from 1751, making it older than Framlingham College. It is a mixed secondary school for pupils aged 11 to 18. It gained academy status in 2011.
Of the 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.
The Framlingham Branch line connected Framlingham with the main Ipswich to Lowestoft railway at Wickham Market. The railway station building stands adjacent to the Station Hotel. The branch was closed to passenger traffic in the 1950s and to goods in the 1960s. The nearest railway stations today are Wickham Market (7 miles (11 km)) at Campsey Ash 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. It is 4 miles west of the A12. The local bus services are detailed here.
Framlingham has a Non-League football club, Framlingham Town F.C., which plays at Badingham Road.
Framlingham College has a swimming pool and gymnasium open to the public in pre-booked slots. Membership fees required.
Framlingham has a sports club in Badingham Road, where the football team play, offering residents tennis, archery, badminton, hockey and croquet. It is also where the cycling club meets. There is also a rambling club in the town and an active Scout and Cubs group. It has a modern St John Ambulance Centre in Fairfield Road.
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