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

Village situated on the A12 south of Lowestoft and 20 or so miles north of Ipswich.

Comprising of some charming houses, many timbered and some with bow-windows and balconies. Surrounded by the parkland of three country houses. Cockfield Hall being the most beautiful with its redbrick North wing, stables and gatehouse dating back to the time of Henry VIII. Cockfield Hall also has a restored central Jacobean block.

Street view Yoxford, Suffolk

The village name probably comes from combining the River “Yox” which flows through the village and a “ford” that crossed the river near the entrance to Cockfield Hall. This ford probably was a safe place for farmers to get their Oxen to cross the river, hence the Ox on the village sign and general Ox connection with the village.

The Griffin public house in the centre of the village is reputedly haunted.

Coming northwards on the A12 pass the village sign (depicting an Ox) on your left and then take the next turning left just after the Kings Head pub (which is on your right). There is parking in the centre of the village where you can then explore on foot. Small general provisions store and a fish and chip restaurant. Delightful church and another pub serving food.

Yoxford Church

Yoxford has an annual fete, called the Ox Fayre, this takes place in August.

Heading back to the A12 you will find the 18th Century Satis House. Now a hotel and restaurant of reknown for its fine Malaysian menu. Satis House was visited by the author Charles Dickens and is mentioned in Dickens’ novel “Great Expectations”.┬áIn the novel the character Pip explains that “Satis” means “whoever lives here could wish for nothing more”.

Main Street, Yoxford
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