Visit Woodbridge and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Woodbridge, Suffolk. The River Deben which flows through Woodbridge to the North Sea made the town a busy seaport. Now it is mainly a sailing centre with a winding channel which finally emerges on the coast between Bawdsey and Felixstowe. It is a most attractive small town, with its shire hail dominating the market square, its quays and river frontage and its many fine houses and cottages.
The high gables in the Dutch style were added to the shire hall about 1700, and the lower floor was at one time a covered market. Around the square are houses and shops dating from the 16th century, many with Georgian fronts. The town has always been associated with the arts, and two art galleries continue this interest today. The artist Thomas Churchyard lived here; so, too, did Fitz Gerald, and Tennyson was among those who stayed in the town. He stayed in the Bull, in the stable of which is the resting place of one George Carlow, who desired to be buried there rather than in the church in 1738.
South west of Market Hill is the Church of St Mary, a stately building with an imposing tower, standing apart from, and above, the town. To the north, Theatre Street is so called after the Georgian building which is now a sale-room. Seckford Street leads to the library, a rich source of local information, housed in a l6th-century grammar school and then the red-brick almshouses, 1835 - 40, and the site of the old cattle market. New Street brings us to St John's Church (1842) with its flèche on the roof and also to the thoroughfare with fine houses and good shopping.
Thomas Seckford, a well-known Elizabethan public benefactor, did much to mould the character of the town and his name is commemorated in Seckford Hall, a Tudor mansion of distinctive character, now a country-house hotel. The list of local buildings of architectural merit is lengthy; it must include the Bell, Angel and King's Head inns, the Georgian houses of Thoroughfare and Cumberland Street and as an industrial curiosity, the old steelyard, or lever weighing machine. which may be seen at the Bell, used for weighing wool, hay and hides. The tide mills along the estuary, the barns and Kyson Hill, parkiand owned by the National Trust, are other unique features which the visitor may enjoy.
Nearby towns: Aldeburgh, Framlingham, Ipswich, Felixstowe, Needham Market, Stowmarket
Nearby villages: Bromeswell, Debenham, Grundisburgh, Melton
Have you decided to visit Woodbridge or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Woodbridge bed and breakfast (a Woodbridge B&B or Woodbridge b and b)
- a Woodbridge guesthouse
- a Woodbridge hotel (or motel)
- a Woodbridge self-catering establishment, or
- other Woodbridge accommodation