About Debenham

Debenham is a picturesque quintessentially English village with a long history.

The name Debenham originates from the Old English language meaning ‘the village in a deep valley’. Settlers have been in the area since Roman and early English times, and Debenam was probably first settled by the Angles in the fifth century. The village was on the most important route through Anglo-Saxon kingdom of East Anglia, whose kings may have occasionally held court there.

In 869 the Danes invaded East Anglia and defeated the Anglo-Saxons in a battle at a place believed to be identified as Blood Field, just north of Debenham. The village was named in the Domesday Book of 1086 as one of the most highly populated villages in the area.

The River Deben rises in Debenham, and runs along the ford flowing through to Woodbridge. The ford is thought to be the longest in the United Kingdom.

Debenham is close to Framlingham and Stowmarket, ideal for exploring the unspoilt countryside, and the magnificent Suffolk heritage coast.