New owner Margaret Brotherton is made Duchess of Norfolk, the first Englishwoman to be a duchess in her own right. Henry IV's son John is educated at Framlingham.

Once a fearsome fortress, muster your courage and explore Framlingham Castle's towering walls. It was behind these walls that Mary Tudor was proclaimed Queen of England.  Discover more of Framlingham's stories in our exhibition, and walk the ramparts of the castle to enjoy its breath-taking views.

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Framlingham is a market town and civil parish in Suffolk, England. Of Anglo-Saxon origin, it is mentioned in the Domesday Book. It had a population of 3,342 at the 2011 Census.[1] Nearby villages include Earl Soham, Kettleburgh, Parham, Saxtead and Sweffling.

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James I returns Framlingham to the Howards. Heavily in debt, Theophilus Howard sells it to rich lawyer Sir Robert Hitcham.

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Mary Tudor inherits Framlingham from her father, and rallies her troops here to fight for the throne after Edward VI dies. As queen, she restores the estate to Thomas Howard.

By Rail: There is no rail service to Framlingham. The Nearest main line station is Ipswich with connections to Norwich and London Liverpool Street. Wickham Market Train Station in the village of Campsea Ashe, which is on the Ipswich to Lowestoft line, is the closest station to Framlingham. It's approximately 20 minutes from Campsea Ash to Framlingham by car or taxi.

The Framlingham Branch line connected Framlingham with the main Ipswich to Lowestoft railway at Wickham Market. The railway station is now the Station Hotel. The line was closed to passenger traffic in the 1950s and to goods in the 1960s. The nearest railway stations today are Wickham Market and Saxmundham, both on the East Suffolk Line.

The town is at the junction of the B1116, B1119 and B1120 roads. The local bus services are detailed at the link given in the references.[5]

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An electoral ward of the same name exists. This parish stretches north-east to Brundish with a total ward population taken at the 2011 Census of 4,744.[2]

Roger Bigod, sheriff of Norfolk, is granted the manor of Framlingham. He builds a timber fortress.

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It is also home to one of the smallest houses in Britain, known as the "Check House". Converted into a two-storey residence of almost 29 square metres, the former bookmakers office[4] is in the Mauldens Mill Estate in the town centre. The ground floor measures 6.1m x 2.2m.[4]

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King John successively besieges the castle during the civil war that follows Magna Carta. The new king, Henry III, restores Roger's castle to him the next year.

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John Howard inherits and becomes the 1st Howard Duke of Norfolk. He refurbishes Framingham and dies commanding the king's troops at Bosworth Field.

Elizabeth I executes Thomas, 4th Duke of Norfolk, for his part in a plot to marry Mary, Queen of Scots. Framlingham, now back in royal hands, is neglected.

Thomas Howard regains the title of Duke of Norfolk forfeited at Bosworth, and dies aged 80 at Framlingham.

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Framlingham is the perfect town for a stroll, shop and glimpse of history – there’s even a Town Trail marking all the primary sites of historic interest. Market Hill is the Town’s centre and still hosts markets on Saturday and Tuesday offering great local produce together with trinkets and collectibles. There are excellent shops too, for gifts, food, fashions and antiques and mouth-watering selection of cafés, tea shops, pubs and restaurants.

Roger Bigod II earns back his father's title of Earl of Norfolk and rebuilds the castle with the massive stone walls that survive today. He entertains King John here in 1213.

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Roger's son Hugh Bigod, 1st Earl of Norfolk, builds the first stone castle.


Framlingham has a Non-League football club, Framlingham Town F.C., which plays at Badingham Road.

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Henry II confiscates Framlingham to punish Hugh Bigod for his part in a local uprising. Later, after another rebellion against the king, the castle is dismantled.

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3. Spot plants and birds Surrounding the Castle is The Mere, a natural haven full of wildlife and popular with walkers, where dogs are allowed. The Mere is property of the Suffolk Wildlife Trust and contains nearly 300 species of plants and 80 species of birds. It lives up to its name, though – Mere means ‘lake’ – so remember your wellies if you’re going to walk its banks during winter months.

Pembroke College, Cambridge (Hitcham's old college) gives the estate to the Ministry of Works. English Heritage takes over in 1984.

From Lowestoft, take the A12 south and turn onto A1120 at Yoxford. From London, take the A12 north and turn onto A1120 at Yoxford.

You can’t visit Framlingham without taking in its magnificent late 12th-century castle. It is surrounded by parkland and estates and was once at the centre of a vast network of power and influence. The castle is a great place for young and old to explore – a historic treat not to be missed.