Framlingham and Diss.

Sat 11th September 2021.

This morning we headed to Framlingham, the info on the internet said there was a Saturday market as well as an ancient castle but it got busy very quickly. We arrived at 10.00am and we were the first vehicle in the overflow car park, I went to get a parking ticket when Mr Jobsworthy asked me to move Homer, I wasn’t parking in the manner they liked, this was in a grass field with no markings!

We walked the 100 m into town to the market, it was a little disappointing as there weren’t many stalls, however what was there was selling local produce and nice quality too. I bought a few bits to have with lunch and a cheese and onion focaccia to have with tonight’s lasagne. There was a good range of other shops there too.

Framlingham Castle is managed and maintained by English Heritage, as non members the admittance fee for the two of us was £22. The castle was originally a motte and bailey castle built in 1148 but destroyed by Henry 11 in 1173. The Earl of Norfolk Roger Bigod constructed the replacement. It was unusual for having no central keep, but instead used a curtain wall with thirteen towers to defend the centre of the castle. Despite this, the castle was successfully taken by King John in 1216 after a short siege. Bt the end of the 13th century it had become a luxury home surrounded by extensive parkland used for hunting.

Entrance gate.
Artists impression of it would have been.
You can walk a complete circuit on the castle walls.
Exterior view.

After lunch we returned back to the campsite via Diss, we parked on the huge car park at Morrison’s, free for three hours. It was a short walk into town and we enjoyed an amble around the centre, it is home to an auction house that is often featured on the TV programme “ Bargain Hunt”. There is a Mere just off the High Street with a floating boardwalk along one edge, on the other side of the mere is a large well maintained park.

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