Woodbridge, Suffolk

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Coordinates: 52°05′37″N 1°19′04″E / 52.0935°N 1.3179°E / 52.0935; 1.3179

Woodbridge is a town in Suffolk, East Anglia, England. It is in the East of England, not far from the coast. It lies along the River Deben, with a population of about 7,480. The town is served by Woodbridge railway station on the Ipswich-Lowestoft East Suffolk Line. Woodbridge is twinned with Mussidan in France.


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Governance

Woodbridge lies in the Suffolk Coastal district of the shire county of Suffolk. The Town Council was formed in 1974 as a third-tier successor to the Urban District Council and has a mayor and 16 councillors elected for four wards.[1] The town lies in Suffolk Coastal parliamentary constituency and is currently represented by Conservative Therese Coffey.[2]

History and heritage

The earliest record of Woodbridge is in the mid-10th century, when it was acquired by St Aethelwold, bishop of Winchester, who made it a part of the endowment of the monastery he helped to refound at Ely, Cambridgeshire in AD 970.[citation needed] Woodbridge did not acquire its own monastery until about 1193, when a small priory of Austin canons was founded by Ernald Rufus.

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