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Boxford, six miles east of Sudbury, twice that west of Ipswich, could be seen as a village enjoying its retirement, its gardens lovingly tended, its wealth of lovely buildings based on the prosperity of its past working life from the Middle Ages to the Stuart period when this was a significant weaving centre. Sitting down in a hollow, with a stream flowing by, Boxford (the name means ford at the box tree) is now an archetypal Suffolk village, complete with requisite colour washed houses. There are timber framed buildings dotted throughout the settlement (Butcher’s lane has some fine examples with overhanging upper storeys), among them several with somewhat grander facades added in later years. The evolution of a living village is seen in the mix of periods: medieval, Tudor (for example The Old School House), Jacobean, Georgian, even early Victorian (the engine house on Broad Street). Some buildings combine various periods, such as Hurrell’s Farmhouse (now a B&B), part Tudor, part Jacobean. There are plenty of reminders of Boxford’s woollen weaving past – in the early 1600s there were four weavers’ guilds here, and records show all the textile ancillary trades were present: dyers, fullers, and so on. The very name of the 15th century Fleece Inn is one such reminder. The high windows seen in many buildings are another, there to give the best light for tricky hand-weaving. The biggest evidence of the village’s prosperity is the imposing church, St Mary’s, which like Boxford has evolved through the centuries: the tower is 14th century, the rare timber north porch probably from the same time, the south porch 15th century, and the little spire Georgian. Because of its location Boxford makes a good base for exploring the area - Lavenham is just six miles away, Bury St Edmunds 16, Colchester 10 – but there is a lot in the village itself to delight and occupy the visitor for a considerable time.


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Boxford C of E Primary School


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Stoke by Nayland Club Hotel (1.97 miles)

Stoke by Nayland Club Hotel
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The Stoke by Nayland Club Hotel offers superb accommodation in a unique setting. The hotel is located in the heart of ... More
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The Case Restaurant with Rooms (2.05 miles)

The Case Restaurant with Rooms
We provide exceptional dining in comfortable surroundings along with luxurious accommodation in newly constructed self contained rooms, with easy access to the local area for both business and pleasure. There is free Wi-Fi and ... More | visit website
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Polstead Lodge (2.36 miles)

Polstead Lodge

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Polstead Lodge is a family run business set in the heart of Constable Country in the Dedham Vale and is an area of outstanding natural beauty, the perfect place to ... More

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Angel Inn (2.85 miles)

Angel Inn

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Surrounded by tranquil, beautiful Suffolk countryside, this traditional 16th-century oak-beamed coaching house offers traditional charm, superb food, free Wi-Fi and free parking. The Angel Inn has a wealth of original charm and ... More

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The Crown (3.03 miles)

The Crown

The Crown Stoke by Nayland, an historic privately owned village Inn has a reputation for making everyone feel welcome - without pretension - simply a passion for good service, food, wine and real ale.

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Gladwins Farm (3.29 miles)

Gladwins Farm

Set in 22 acres of the rolling countryside typical of the Stour Valley made famous by John Constable, Gladwins Farm offers a selection of high quality accommodation. Guests staying in any of our 5* or ... More | visit website

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The Steam Mill House (3.76 miles)

The Steam Mill House

A warm welcome awaits you at The Steam Mill House, with luxurious rooms and a choice of breakfasts. Our handsome listed house is in the centre of the heritage village of Nayland, with its shops, ... More | visit website

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Highbury Barn (4.43 miles)

Highbury Barn

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Warm and welcoming, the Highbury Barn is situated close to the historic market town of Sudbury, which is off the banks of the River ... More

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Hill Lodge (5.28 miles)

Hill Lodge

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Family run, close to Sudbury town centre and all local amenities. 16 en- suite rooms with tea making, tv and internet access. Residents lounge bar, dining room. Off road parking, conferencing ... More

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The Black Boy (5.55 miles)

The Black Boy

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The Black Boy is situated in the heart of this historic town and is open All day every day For food and drink. We offer free car Parking at the ... More

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