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visitors guide

Hoxne is a picturesque village in north Suffolk with a truly ancient history. In 1973 it was designated a conservation area.

 

Pt Peter's and St Pauls Church, HoxneChurch of St Peter's & St Paul's

As with most Suffolk villages, the church for many hundreds of years was the focal point of village life. Hoxne is no exception, although its heritage is far older than most. Inside you will see rare 15th century medieval wall paintings as well as many other old ecclesiastic objects and documents.

 

Hoxne ManBrakey Wood Millennium Woodland

Brakey Wood is a 17 acre wood planted in 1998. It is managed by the Woodland Trust . It is home to the Hoxne Man a 10 foot sculpture made from a single piece of oak which celebrates the antiquity of man in Hoxne. The wood itself is filled with a variety of native trees and shrubs. There are a series of paths around the wood so that visitors can enjoy the site. There is a small car park and free access to the site from Wittons Lane.

 

The Swan Inn, HoxneThe Hoxne Swan Inn - Closed, seeking new Tenant

The Hoxne Swan Inn was one of the best known public houses and restaurants in Suffolk renowned for its good beer, good food and wealth of history. The Swan is Grade II* listed and was built back in 1480 by the Bishop of Norwich as a lodge. The restaurant and bars reflect Hoxne's ecclesiastical past with their ornate ceiling beams, 10ft inglenook fireplace and ancient wide-planked oak floors. You can still see the ancient timber and mortar of the walls.

 

nd's Monument, HoxneSt Edmund's Monument

According to local legend, King Edmond was killed at this spot after hiding under the nearby local Goldbrook bridge following his army's defeat at Thetford in 869. He was discovered under the bridge and dragged to a nearby oak tree where he was tied and shot by arrows. He is said to have been martyred by the Danes for not renouncing his Christian faith. When the oak fell down in the 19th Century an arrowhead was said to have been found in the trunk. The monument marks the spot of the fallen tree and Edmund's death.

 

Walks Around Hoxne

These walks take in the main sights of Hoxne and Denham over fairly easy terrain. Wellies or boots are recommended when the ground is wet.

Hoxne walks: 3.5 miles or 12 mile (as featured in The Times 25/04/09)

Denham walk: 4.5 miles