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Living in Framlingham: the local area guide

There are many settlements in the United Kingdom that claim the moniker of ‘market town’, though very few, in fact, hold regular markets of any repute. Framlingham, a small town in the Suffolk Coastal region, is one of those towns who quite deserve the descriptive.

Beyond its market, the town is a picturesque one, with many ancient buildings from throughout its long history, which stretches back beyond the commissioning of William the Conqueror’s Domesday Book. Framlingham Castle dominates the town, sitting on a hill overlooking it. Having been built in the 12th century, it’s long been a lynchpin of the town. Once a fortress, then a prison, a poor house and a defensive position against the Nazis, today it operates a museum describing the region’s history.

Nearby Framlingham Mere is rich with wildlife and flora, offering a scenic location for dog walkers and hikers alike, with paths leading around the surrounding countryside and Mere itself. Finally, the Church of Saint Michael the Archangel, a church with some features dating back to the 12th century, is famed for its possession of an antique 1708 Thamar Organ. One of few great organs that survived the English civil war, it remains in use today, gracing worshippers every Sunday, and is often used by visiting organists and musicians.

Demographics

A town of just below 5,000, the majority of residents were born in the United Kingdom, with 90% hailing from England. Typically born in the town or the surrounding area, the constituents are largely Christian, approximately 66% of them, whilst 55% of the town are married. The townspeople are somewhat older than much of England, with an average age of 44 - beyond the national average of 40. 21% of the town find their employment in a professional capacity, and many skilled tradesmen exist, constituting 15% of the residents.

Education

Several primary schools are in and around the town, such as Framlingham Sir Robert Hitcham's CEVA Primary School, nearby Easton Community Primary School and Woodbridge’s Earl Soham Community Primary School.

The Framlingham College is an independent, co-educational boarding school, first established in 1864 in the wake of Prince Albert’s death. Continuing to operate in its Grade-II protected, mock Gothic building, it’s believed to be one of the finest boarding schools in England. It primarily offers secondary and 6th form education, though its Little Bears Nursery hosts children from the age of 2 and a half. The school also maintains close ties with the nearby Brandeston Hall Preparatory school.

Another option is the Thomas Mills High School, which is an academy located within the town. It is consistently graded as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted and offers education to students of the ages 11-18.

Transport

Several B-roads converge on the town, connecting it to larger roads nearby, such as the A12 and A14. These in turn lead to the larger cities and towns of the region, such as Ipswich, offering easy commutes to larger commercial hubs.

The nearest airport lies in Norwich, approximately an hour away, whilst the closest train stations can be found in Wickham Market and Saxmundham. Both these stations operate on the East Suffolk Line, running from Ipswich to Lowestoft. Bus and coach services are also available, typically to other towns or cities within the area.

Amenities and shopping

As a market town, the emphasis is largely on the market, which is held on Tuesday and Saturday. For a small town, the market is rather well stocked, with dozens of stall-holders hawking wares such as fish, meat, pies, wine, craft brews, clothes and local art, amongst various other merchandise.

More regular shopping is available in town, with a post office, supermarket, doctor’s surgery, petrol stations and chemists, as well as other small outlets. Nearby Ipswich offers High Street fashion, with numerous international brands offered via name brand stores or smaller boutiques. Other amenities to be enjoyed are the Glevering Golf Course, which hosts a 3-par course and the famous Snape Maltings concert hall, which offers year round performances.

Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure the above information is up to date, some inaccuracies may occur. If you notice any inaccuracies please contact editor@primelocation.com

All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.


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