Melton is a charming village in the County of Suffolk in East Anglia. Situated on the River Deben, the village used to be extremely strategically important. Well, it still is which brings a number of advantages and opportunities. But like other strategically important places, Melton too has to deal with the disadvantages of its location, most notably traffic issues.
History Dating Back at Least to the Middle Ages
The village has been continuously inhabited for a very long time. At least since the Middle Ages, if not even earlier. According to the local historians, Melton could be much older, possibly dating back as far as the Roman period. But it doesn’t appear in written sources until the 11th century when it is mentioned in the Domesday Book.
Vibrant Local Economy and Steady Population Growth
Melton’s population growth has slowed down after the turn of the millennium but before that, the village experienced a rapid population growth. In the last two decades of the 20th century, Melton’s population increased for nearly a third. To accommodate the growing population, the local authorities decided to build several residential estates.
The mentioned population growth can be attributed to several factors including vibrant local economy as the village is home to several dozen businesses, mostly small and medium-sized ones. According to the 2011 census, Melton is called home by 3,741 people. That’s an increase of less than 30 people since 2001 when the village had 3,718 residents. The 2011 census data also reveal that there are slightly more women than men living in Melton.
Conveniently Close to Woodbridge and Spectacular Natural Attractions
Melton is located less than 2 miles from the town of Woodbridge, while the first larger city – Ipswich - is less than 10 miles south west which is less than a half an hour drive. But the village is also close to spectacular natural attractions, with the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty being the most spectacular. Melton’s residents and visitors alike thus enjoy easy access to both urban attractions and stunning natural wonders.