Read on to find out a little more about Woodbridge in my area guide.
When Woodbridge was a thriving port at the end of the river Deben, shipbuilding and sailmaking were in abundance.
Operations for both are still available in Woodbridge, however, sail making is down to one loft and shipbuilding is now more of a restoration and repair service.
The river has always played a major part in the history of this town, Once Anglo Saxon ships sailed up to Woodbridge to deliver their wares. There is an anglo Saxon burial ground on the opposite banks of the river, Sutton Hoo the final resting place for the Anglo Saxon Kings. The famous tide mill once provided flour for the town and the remaining, exported down the river serving the villages on the banks of the river and further afield.
Whilst the tide mill is still operational it is now preserved as a tourist attraction, a historical tribute to the traditional methods of milling.The Mill Pond has since been converted into The Tide Mill Yacht Harbour, one of the best Marinas on the east coast. Providing refuge for the travelled sailor.Just outside the mill, on a fine day, you can jump on board an open-top boat complete with a guide who will willingly regale stories of yesteryear and current going ons down the river.At the top of the hill of this historic market, town sits the Shire Hall, once used for judicial review and corn market. Today’s market sells a wide variety of home-baked goods and local farm produce. The shire hall itself is now a popular wedding location and you will often see a bride and groom having photos taken in front of this impressive building.
The town itself has a wonderful atmosphere, with a variety of boutique shops dotted on either side of the bustling high street. With the smell of freshly baked bread from the cake shop and freshly roasted coffee from Honey and Harveys, it is quite difficult not to stop in and indulge.
Schooling is fantastic. Farlingaye High School usually sits towards the top of leagues and is often awarded an outstanding review by Ofsted. For those looking for boarding or independent, Woodbridge School provides a fantastic setting. For further education, buses run into Ipswich Town Centre for the University of Suffolk and Suffolk College.
The train station provides links to Lowestoft and Ipswich with further links to London and Cambridge etc. Most of the surrounding villages are connected by a good bus service.
Finding a house to buy in the town centre is always a challenge, Property in Woodbridge is very sought after, if you are lucky and you manage to find something you like, you need to be quick.
The Victorians had a major impact on the architecture of the Town. Many victorian terrace houses are ranging in size from quaint 1 bedroom cottages through to sprawling townhouses of 10 bedrooms or more with prices to reflect.
If you are really lucky and like me have a passion for the water you can find some unique homes with river views. Just outside of the town centre there are a few select developments of executive homes providing the typical, modern, three & four-bedroom homes.
Fortunately, there are a number of Estate Agents in Woodbridge who should be able to assist your property search, for more information on the housing market in Woodbridge, feel free to give me a call.
More information about Woodbridge can be found on the tourist website, click here.
Woodbridge is a desirable place to both live and visit. Nestled on the east side of the rural county of Suffolk, England. If you are visiting by boat it’s about eight miles up the River Deben from the sea. The county town of Ipswich is around 7 miles southwest of the town and provides much more affordable homes and a wider selection of shops and entertainment.
Walking, relaxing and generally mooching around is what the town is best suited for, however, there are many restaurants, bars and a cinema.