- Woodbridge, Suffolk
infobox UK place
country = England
population = 10,956 (2001 Census)
region= East of England
constituency_westminster= Suffolk Coastal
postcode_district = IP12
Woodbridge Tide Millin the background
Woodbridge is a town in
Suffolk, East Anglia, England. It is in the south east of England, not far from the coast. It lies along the River Deben, with a population of about 7,480 although this seems larger due to the number of surrounding villages. The town is served by Woodbridge railway stationon the Ipswich- Lowestoft East Suffolk Line. Woodbridge is twinned with Mussidanin France.
The earliest record of Woodbridge is in the mid
10th century, when it was acquired by St. Aethelwold, Bishop of Winchester, who made it a part of the endowment of the monasteryhe helped to refound at Ely, Cambridgeshirein AD 970. Woodbridge did not acquire its own monastery until about 1193, when a small prioryof Austin Canonswas founded by Ernald Rufus.
Around the town there are various buildings from the Tudor, Georgian, Regency and Victorian eras. The town has a restored
tide mill, one of only 4 in the UK, and one of the earliest — a mill was first recorded on this site in 1170, operated by the Augustinian Canons. In 1536, it passed to King Henry VIII. In 1564, Queen Elizabeth I granted the mill to Thomas Seckford. In 1577 he founded Woodbridge Schooland the Seckford Almshouses, for the poor of Woodbridge. Sutton Hoo, a group of low grassy mounds famous for turning up Anglo-Saxon treasure of one of the earliest English kings, Rædwald, overlooks Woodbridge from the Eastern Bank of the Deben.
Rendlesham Forest Incidenttook place in nearby Rendlesham Forest in 1980. Unexplained lights were seen in the sky close to RAF Woodbridge, a United States Airforcebase, and there were claims that a UFOhad landed in the forest. The incident continues to interest ufologistsand vigorous debates take place between those who believe that an alien spacecraft landed there and the sceptics who offer alternative explanations.
Woodbridge has its own
Brass Band, the [http://www.woodbridgeexcelsiorband.org Woodbridge Excelsior Band] , who were formed in 1846 and are the oldest community brass band in East Anglia.
In addition, local
folklorehas it that the route from the river to the top of Drybridge Hill (via Church Street, the Market Hill and Seckford Street) is the hill which was marched up by the Grand Old Duke of Yorkin the popular Nursery Rhyme.
Thomas Clarkson, campaigner for the abolition of the Slave Tradelived in Playford, near Woodbridge
* Edward FitzGerald, translator of the
Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
Bernard Barton, Quakerpoet
Brian Enofrom Roxy Music
Charlie Simpsonfrom Busted and Fightstar
Ian Jacob, Director-General of the BBC
Brian Capronwho portrayed Richard Hillmanin Coronation Streetfrom 2001- 2003
Nate James, singer/songwriter
Thomas Seckford, official at the court of Queen Elizabeth I of England.
* [http://woodbridgesuffolk.info/WB-Attractions/ Attractions in and around Woodbridge ]
* [http://www.alderton.ukfossils.co.uk/ Fossil Collecting at Alderton near Woodbridge]
* [http://www.visit-woodbridge.co.uk/ Visit Woodbridge]
* [http://VisitWoodbridge.co.uk/ Another Visit Woodbridge site]
* [http://woodbridgesuffolk.info/WTG/index.html Woodbridge Town Guide - shops, businesses, maps]
* [http://woodbridgesuffolk.info/Woodbridge/history.htm History of Woodbridge ]
* [http://woodbridgesuffolk.info/WB-Attractions/TideMill/index.html Tide Mill]
* [http://www.woodbridge.suffolk.sch.uk/woodbridge_school.html Woodbridge School website]
* [http://www.farlingaye.suffolk.sch.uk/ Farlingaye High School's website]
* [http://bentwaters.org/ufo/pressrelease3rdkind.htm The Rendlesham Forest UFO Incident]
* [http://www.woodbridgeexcelsiorband.org Woodbridge Excelsior Brass Band]
* [http://www.woodbridgesalvationarmy.org.uk Woodbridge Salvation Army Corps]
* [http://www.woodbridgerugbyclub.co.uk Woodbridge Rugby Club]
* [http://www.radiowoodbridge.com Woodbridge community radio]
* [http://www.st-maryscofe.suffolk.sch.uk St Mary's Church of England Primary School]
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