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October 19th, 2010 by
Categories: Suffolk Towns A-Z

Attractive market town with fine domestic architecutre, particularly in Market Hill and Castle Street. Remains of a gatehouse and external walls (and 13 towers) of 12th Century Castle.

The castle’s most famous resident was Mary Tudor, aka Bloody Mary. She became Queen while living at the castle. Other monarchs associated with Framlingham Castle include Henry VIII, his illegitimate son Henry Fitrzoy is entombed in the town.

The castle was altered for comfort in Tudor times. The brick chimneys being added by the Howard family (their tombs can be seen in the parish church).

Framlingham’s St Michael’s Church contains examples of some of Europe’s best and most ornate tombs along with a magnificent 17th century organ.

Looking across the Mere, from the castle, the mganificent mock gothic building that you can see is Framlingham College.

At nearby Parham (2.5 miles to the South East) is the 16th Century Moat Hall (now used as a farmhouse). Old Hall and Parham House contain fine examples of Tudor chimneys and decorative brickwork. Saxtead Green (2 miles from the town) is the site of a beautiful water mill.

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