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Orford, Suffolk


Parish Church of St Bartholomew, Orford
Orford is located in Suffolk
 Orford shown within Suffolk
Population 713 (2011 Census)[1]
OS grid reference
District Suffolk Coastal
Shire county Suffolk
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district IP12 2
Dialling code 01394
Police Suffolk
Fire Suffolk
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament Suffolk Coastal
List of places

Orford is a small town in Suffolk, England, within the Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB.

Like many Suffolk coastal towns it was of some importance as a port and fishing village in the Middle Ages. It still has a fine mediaeval castle, built to dominate the River Ore.

The main geographical feature of the area is Orford Ness, a long, wide shingle spit at the mouth of the Ore. Orford Ness has in the past been used as an airstrip testing facility and in the early 1970s it was the site of a powerful radar station as part of the Cold War defences against low-flying attacking aircraft; today it is a nature reserve run by the National Trust.

Orford quay viewed from the Orford Ness ferry dock.

Orford provides the only point of access to the nature reserves of Orford Ness and Havergate Island. Both sites can only be accessed via ferry boat from Orford quay. The Orford Ness ferry runs on selected days between April and October[2] and the Havergate Island ferry on selected Saturdays.[3]

The population of Orford greatly increases during the summer months due to its flourishing sailing club. As well as the Castle, Orford's attractions include river cruises, three pubs, a traditional post office which sells fresh bread, a traditional bakery, a smokehouse and a restaurant; the Butley-Orford Oysterage.


  • Governance 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


Orford froms part of the electoral ward called Orford and Tunstall. The population of this ward at the 2011 census was 1,830.[4]

See also


  1. ^ "Town population 2011". Retrieved 16 September 2015. 
  2. ^ "Orford Ness National Nature Reserve".  
  3. ^ "Havergate Island - How to get here".  
  4. ^ "Orford and Tunstall Ward population 2011". Retrieved 16 September 2015. 

External links

  • Photographs and more details about Orford
  • A Fishy Tale of Orford
  • The Wild Man of Orford - An animated version of the 12th Century myth
  • "My Orford" by Charlie Underwood M.B.E. - An interesting insight into village life in Orford.

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