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The village lies 2 miles (3.2 km) south south-west of Wickham Market and 13 miles (21 km) north-east of Ipswich. The main road through the village has been numbered B1438 since it was replaced as a trunk road by the parallel A12.


The nearest railway station is at Melton (2 miles; 3.2 km), which offers a service between Ipswich and Lowestoft about once an hour on weekdays and once in two hours on Sundays.[3] Passing through Ufford there are five daytime buses a day between Woodbridge and Framlingham on Mondays to Fridays,[4] and regular daytime services between Aldeburgh and Ipswich on Mondays to Saturdays.[5]


St Mary's Anglican Church dates back to the 11th century,[6] It is served by the Rector of Melton and Ufford, Rev. Paul Hambling. There is a church hall.[7] The War Memorial in the church records the names of 22 men who died in the First World War and four who died in the Second.[8]

The interior of the church

The church (Grade I) is the oldest of the 28 listed edifices in Ufford. Most of the others are dwelling houses, some of them thatched, in the eastern part of the village surrounding the church.[9]

The church is famous for its remarkable medieval wood carvings, in particular an extraordinary font cover from about 1450, which is the tallest medieval font cover in England at 20 feet (6 metres) high. It is surmounted by a pelican pecking its breast to feed its chicks, a symbol of Christ feeding the faithful with his own body. The notorious 17th-century iconoclast William Dowsing left the structure intact after visiting the church in 1644, noting in his diary that it was "gorgeous... like a pope's triple crown."[10]


The village has a community hall, a recreation ground[11] and two pubs, the Ufford Crown and the White Lion. The nearest shopping facilities are in Wickham Market and Woodbridge.

The nearest schools are at Melton and Woodbridge.[12]

There is a golf course at Ufford Park Hotel. Ufford Sports Football Club plays in the Suffolk and Ipswich Football League.[13]

Notable peopleEdit

In birth order:


  1. ^ "Ufford CP (Parish)". 2001 Census: Key Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 4 March 2010
  2. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 15 September 2015.
  3. ^ Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  4. ^ Suffolk on board Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  5. ^ Suffolk on board Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  6. ^ Britain Express Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  7. ^ Local church site, including photographs. Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  8. ^ Roll of Honour – Suffolk Retrieved 4 April 2017.[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ British Listed Buildings (Ufford, Suffolk Coastal) Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  10. ^ Christopher Winn: I Never Knew That about England's Country Churches. Random House, 2014.ISBN 9780091945251. p. 264. Retrieved 13 May 2019.
  11. ^ Parish site Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  12. ^ Parish site Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  13. ^ Ufford Sports FC Retrieved 4 April 2017. Archived 5 April 2017 at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ ODNB entry by Kate Flint: Retrieved 4 May 2012.

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