Town and borough (pop., 2001: 117,074), administrative and historic county seat of Suffolk, England. Located northeast of London, it was chartered in 1200. It prospered as a port for the export of East Anglian textiles from medieval times to the 17th century. It is now an agricultural market and service centre. Its landmarks include the 16th-century Christchurch mansion and the Great White Horse coaching inn mentioned in Charles Dickens's The Pickwick Papers. It was the birthplace of Thomas Cardinal Wolsey.
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