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Capel St Mary is a village in Suffolk close to the A12 main route and just six miles south of Ipswich.

The village has everything needed to live comfortably, including a popular garden nursery just off the trunk road passing by the village. Looking after the populace are a multitude of shops - the biggest of which is the local Co-Operative store offering a small supermarket experience.

Capel’ was once the site of a ‘fortified house’ - essentially a manor house - which was built between 1260 and 1290. What made this particularly special was the red english brick used in its construction; due to this feature it’s believed to be one of the first examples of this type of construction in the UK.


The town is served by several religious organisations; notably St Mary’s Church, Methodist Church and Community Church. The nearest Catholic churches are at Ipswich or Brantham.

We can help you find a home in Capel St Mary which can be few and far between as many people settle-in to the country life of living in Capel’ - and who could blame them? With Dedham Vale just two miles away, there's an expanse of the beautiful Suffolk countryside on your doorstep, complete with countless opportunities for walking, hiking, boating and the like. This is ‘Constable Country’, made famous by the paintings from John Constable which showed the area in all its green glory.

Commuting & Access

Capel’ is a great place to commute from as well, despite the occasional hassles of the road, the A12 serves as a direct route up to Ipswich or down to London (past Colchester, Chelmsford, Billericay and Brentwood). What the town provides in a drivable commute however, it lacks in rail. A railway station was once featured in the town but sadly it closed to passengers in 1932, then altogether - closing to trade too - in 1965. This means Capel’ lacks the commutability to Norwich and London some would prefer, but also means the town’s rate of growth isn’t as high as it could be if a mainline were installed - no doubt good news for the local residents who prefer a quieter setting away from the hustle and bustle of bigger towns.

A short 10 minute drive away is Brantham, a village of similar size but benefits from the nearby Manningtree Railway Station which connects it to Essex, Suffolk and Norwich with ease. Brantham is famous for being the birth village for didactic poet Thomas Tusser and the local pub had a so-called-witch hanged there when the Witchfinder General made a visit to the village.

Capel St Mary is a 15 minute drive to Manningtree train station. 



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