Woodbridge

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Introduction

The settlement origin dates back to the early-Saxon period when it was called Woden burh or brigg (meaning Woden's town). It was recorded in Domesday variously as "Wudebrige", "Udebryge", "Wudebryge", "Wdebride", "Udebriga", "Udebrige" and "Wiebrige". A 12th century priory of Augustinian Canons was granted a market by Henry II in 1227 (or 1234)

As all rights and tolls of the early market belonged to the Lord of the Manor, no inn could then be erected without his sanction and some of the earliest town inns (such as the King's Head) probably date from about this time.

The Little Drummer Boy (formally called "Drums to the Fore and Aft") is a rare Boer War memorial, which was moved from Melton Hill to its present location in the Town Square in March 2018. See the gallery.

Prosperity of the 15th century town is still reflected in St Mary's parish church with it's fine north porch tower over 100 feet high. Thomas Seckford was a local lawyer from Seckford Hall who was granted the manor of Woodbridge for £764-6s-4d and left endowments to the town which have manifested themselves as local almshouses for the poor and a hospital…

Gallery

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History

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A reference in the Ipswich Journal*** on 11 Sep 1736 to William Cooper of Woodbridge keeps a Wine Cellar in the Market Place.

A reference in the Ipswich Journal*** on 20 Feb 1768 to Thomas Bridgman who will continue selling excellent red Port Wine (in Woodbridge) until 5th April, 1768, warranted neat as imported, at 15s per Dozen, 13 Bottles to the Dozen, the Bottles to be charged at 2d farthing a-piece…

Acknowledgements

Much assistance has also been given by reference to a town pub booklet written by David Hague and which also includes extracts from Booth's Almanac of 1899.

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