Framlingham is an English market town and civil parish in Suffolk. Of Anglo-Saxon origin, it is mentioned in the Domesday Book. It had a population of 3,342 at the 2011 Census.[1] Nearby villages include Earl Soham, Kettleburgh, Parham, Saxtead and Sweffling.

Framlingham Castle Sunset.jpg
Framlingham Castle
Framlingham is located in Suffolk
Location within Suffolk
Population3,342 (2011)
OS grid referenceTM283634
Civil parish
  • Framlingham
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtIP13
Dialling code01728
AmbulanceEast of England
EU ParliamentEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
52°13′19″N 1°20′36″E / 52.22207°N 1.34342°E / 52.22207; 1.34342Coordinates: 52°13′19″N 1°20′36″E / 52.22207°N 1.34342°E / 52.22207; 1.34342


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.[2]


The medieval Framlingham Castle is a major feature. The town is also home to the comprehensive secondary school Thomas Mills High School, the independent school Framlingham College, the Church of St Michael the Archangel and Framlingham Town F.C.

The town has the two oldest functioning Post Office pillar boxes in the UK, dating from 1856, located on Double Street and College Road respectively.[3] It is also home to one of the smallest houses in Britain, known as the "Check House". Converted into a two-storey residence of almost 29 square metres, the former bookmakers office[4] is in the Mauldens Mill Estate in the town centre. The ground floor measures 20 feet (6.1 m) by 7 feet 3 inches (2.21 m).[4]

In 2006, Country Life magazine voted Framlingham the number one place to live in the country. Framlingham has a conservation area.


Framlingham College is an independent, coeducational 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.[5]

Thomas Mills High School dates back to 1751. It is a mixed secondary school taking pupils from age 11, and gained academy status in 2011.[6]

The local primary school is Framlingham Sir Robert Hitcham's Church of England Voluntary Primary School. This is the oldest of the three schools in the town, dating back to at least 1654. It now has 350 pupils and another 26 in its nursery.[7]


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 line 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)) 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. The local bus services are detailed at the link given in the references.[8]

Sport and leisureEdit

Framlingham has a Non-League football club, Framlingham Town F.C., which plays at Badingham Road.

Notable peopleEdit

In order of birth:

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Town population 2011". Retrieved 14 September 2015.
  2. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 14 September 2015.
  3. ^ "A short introduction to the history of the British Pillar Box". Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  4. ^ a b Howes.S (2011) Tiny UK house with a giant price-tag, Sydney Morning Herald 16 March 2011. Retrieved 28 March 2011
  5. ^ EduBase2 Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  6. ^ School site Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  7. ^ School site: Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  8. ^ Bus services Retrieved 4 January 2015.
  9. ^ Retrieved 3 January 2015. Biography
  10. ^ Vega, Jose L. (2017-05–11). "Edmund Goodwyn and the first description of diving bradycardia". Journal of Applied Physiology. 123 (2): 275–277. doi:10.1152/japplphysiol.00221.2017. ISSN 8750-7587. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  11. ^ East Anglia's History... Retrieved 3 January 2015.

External linksEdit