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Bramford Test Pitting

Bramford today is a small nucleated village on the west bank of the River Gipping just over 1km west of Ipswich and about 0.5km west of the A14. The village today is arranged either side of the A1067, named The Street as it comes into the village from the north and Ship Lane after it turns east to cross the river. Most of the older housing in Bramford today lies along Ship Lane, which runs immediately north of the church. Although the settlement today forms a single block, this is due largely to recent development. Most notably, with the exception of properties facing directly onto The Street, the area between The Street and the river is of almost entirely recent date. In the 19th century the first edition Ordnance Survey map shows settlement to be limited to a cluster of houses at the east end of Ship Lane (north of the church, close to the river crossing) which extended for 70m or so to the north along Mill Lane. There was little housing along Ship Lane to the west of this cluster and none on its south side, although most of the land on its north side was occupied by small paddocks mostly planted with trees. The Street (then called Bramford Street) was occupied by densely packed housing arranged on both sides. This terminated at the junction with Ship Lane, but c. 150m to the south, three properties clustered around the junction with Vicarage Lane. The church of St Mary (SHER BRF 024) is recorded as a possible Domesday minster. A number of findspots in and around the village have produced medieval pottery ranging in date from Thetford Ware to the 16th century (eg SHER MSF12413; BRF 054; BRF 040; BRF 021; BRF 005).

Local Information Websites

Bramford Local History Group

Bramford Village Website

Heritage Gateway

Suffolk Heritage Explorer parish summary


Projects by Year


2013 & 2015


Test Pit Pottery Distribution Map 2012

Test Pit Pottery Distribution Maps for 2012-2015


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