The main shopping area of Woodbridge is pedestrianised and benefits from an interesting range of shops, eateries and art galleries. Market Hill has mostly 18th century shop fronts though the buildings underneath are often a lot older. It is here that you will find the Woodbridge Museum which has lots of historical information about the town including some of its more colourful residents. Including the towns greatest benefactor Thomas Seckford who built the almshouses in Seckford Street and the Shire Hall. In the 16th century Shire Hall, on the 1st floor, is an exhibition about the Suffolk Punch Breed of Heavy horses.
On the outskirts of the town is Buttrums Mill, the tallest surviving
mill in Suffolk with six floors. Worth a climb to the top for the
fine views. Down by the river you can enjoy sailing, canoeing, rowing
and river trips. At low tide large varieties of wildfowl and waders
feeds on the salt flats. The Tide Mill with its white weather
boarding has been completely restored and sits elegantly on the
quayside, built in the 18th century it remained in use right up until
1957. There are fine views across to Sutton Hoo from the river bank and
it was there in 1939 that the Sutton Hoo Burial Ship was
There are endless walking possibilities concentrating on the history and architecture of Woodbridge punctuated by places to stop for light refreshment. Roof lines rise and fall with delicious disregard for symmetry and you will find yourself journeying past many attractive Georgian facades, stamped on the town by the officers stationed here during the Napoleonic Wars a feast for the eyes. Half timbered houses of ancient date with their centuries old atmosphere, high latticed panned dormer windows, and walls sloping inwards and outwards at all sorts of angles echoing the past. Many narrow alleyways present unexpected vistas to the visitor with chimneys puncturing the skyline with disorderley disregard. The painter Thomas Churchyard (born in Melton) lived in at Marston House in Cumberland Street.
The once Ship Inn now a private residence was the first meeting place of the Independents in 1650. Bearmans Hill was where plague victims were buried in 1666 in all three hundred people were buried here.
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