The quaint Suffolk market town of Framlingham sits next to an imposing 12th century Norman castle which was built by the earl of Norfolk Roger Bigod.
The castle was briefly home to Mary Tudor she fled here to rally her troops and it was here in July 1553 that she heard she had been declared queen of England. The town is pleasant to explore with fine buildings and a small market square lined with shops and cafes.
Nearby is the parish church of St Michaels which was built between the 14th and 16th century the church is well worth a visit as it houses some interesting tombs as well as a fine organ case that miraculously evaded destruction by Cromwell’s puritans.
One of the tombs is that of the benefactor Sir Roger Hitcham who bequeathed money to build the local Almshouses.
Today the town is not only known for its castle but also as the home of the singer Ed Sheeran he attended the local Thomas Mills High School and dedicated one of his songs to the town, Castle on the Hill.
Activities in Framlingham
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