The village lies approximately four miles inland of Aldeburgh, just off of the A1094. Leiston and Saxmundham, with their shops and supermarkets, are an easy three mile drive to the North-East and North-West respectively and Aldeburgh slightly further away at only four miles.
Our village is relatively unusual in that most of the village and much of the surrounding area was was still under the ownership of the local manor until the early part of the last century. Indeed, there is a document in existance recording the purchase of the freehold of one cottage in 1909 for 12/6d in old money; equal to about 62.5p in decimal coinage!
Friston lies in a beautiful rural location with easy access to the sea, rivers, walks, fields, heathland, forests and woodland areas. We are also in close proximity to the world-famous Bird Santuary at Minsmere. We do have a wind-mil, although it is not working and, indeed, has seen better daysl. The Friston "Post Mill" is not only a significant land mark in the village, it is also the tallest of its type in the country and it is hoped that its renovation may be possible at some future time.
Because of it's disirability, the percentage of non-residential homes and "holiday lets" in the village is quite high and properties and house-building land are at a premium.
We have a church; St Mary the Virgin and a Baptist Chapel, within the village - service times can be found in the Parish Magazine and on the church and chapel noticeboards.
Although, along with many rural villages, Friston; which could once boast nine shops in times gone by, has witnessed the loss of our shops, school and, more recently, the closure of our Post Office. We are well served by the surrouding three towns however. There are no less than two cinemas and a theatre within four miles and Snape Maltings is within two miles. We have a repair garage and a thriving pub in the village and a petrol station within a mile of the village.
The groups and individuals who strive to keep the community alive, preserve traditions, support institutions and each other, look forward to the future with new ideas, open minds, and an enthusiasm for the changes that life will bring to the village of Friston in the 21st.
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