Debenham is a Suffolk wool town in the heart of the countryside, just over 11 miles north of Ipswich. It lies near to the source of the River Deben and is a large, peaceful village with a rich past as a thriving wool centre. It is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 and its name is thought to mean ‘the village in a deep valley’.
Evidence of wool trade is all around in the timber framed merchants’ houses dating from 14th century. There are many delightful shops, cafes, pubs and a leisure centre in this pretty, historic village.
Arable farming is one of the area’s main industries with crops consisting of barley, flux, rape seed and root vegetables. In the 1970s, the centre of the village was designated as a conservation area, being described as “unspoiled without being a showcase.”
More information is available from the Debenham village website.