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Saxmundham

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Saxmundham is a small market town in Suffolk, England. It is set in the valley of the River Fromus, a tributary of the River Alde, approximately 18mi northeast of Ipswich and 5mi west of the coast at Sizewell. The town is bypassed by the A12 and is served by Saxmundham railway station on the East Suffolk Line.GovernanceAn electoral ward in the same name exists. The population of this ward at the 2011 census was 4,913.OriginThe town's name allegedly derives from the Saxon "Seizmond's Home". The earliest recorded mention of Saxmundham is in the Domesday Book of 1086 which mentions three churches. It has had a market charter since at least 1272 AD and carries on the tradition to this day.Notable residentsRay Allen, NBA All-Star spent some of his childhood in SaxmundhamHenry Bright, painter Jerome Bright (1770 - 1846), clockmakerHerbert Heyner, baritone, died thereSam Miller, television directorRichard Shaw, best-selling author Thomas Stopher (b. 1825), master craftsman in wood Thomas Thurlow (1813 - 1899), sculptorHamlet Watling, painter and schoolmaster
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