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Woodbridge

November 24th, 2010 by
Categories: Suffolk Towns A-Z

Situated on the Deben Estuary. Once an important shipbuilding town Woodbridge centre retains it’s old worlde charm. The white weather-boarded Tide Mill, now fully restored and in working order, sits majestically on the quayside.

Close by is the National Trust owned Sutton Hoo rumoured to be the resting place of Anglo Saxon King Redwauld.

In 1980 the area was in the news when there was apparently a UFO sighting by members of the military at nearby Rendlesham Forest.

Celebrity Connections
Thomas Seckford the Court Lawyer of Queen Elizabeth I was granted the manor of Woodbridge and played a part in developing the town. He established a hospital, a dispensary, and moved the local court from its ancient home in nearby Melton to the new Shire Hall in Woodbridge.

Edward Fitzgerald 1809-83 poet and translator was born at Bredfield near Woodbridge. Translated¬†The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. He is buried at St. Michael’s Church, Boulge, Suffolk. More can be found about him at the local Woodbridge Museum.

Brian Eno rock musician was born in Woodbridge, May 15th, 1948. Best known for his involvement and work with Roxy Music. He has also worked with Robert Fripp, Robert Wyatt, U2, David Bowie and Talking Heads.

Nick Lowe, singer and songwriter was born here on 25th March, 1949. He formed his first group, Brinsley Schwarz, while still at school in the town. Biggest solo success was “I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass”. Went on to work with the likes of Elvis Costello and Dave Edmunds.

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