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Ed Sheeran's 'Castle on the Hill' inspires cross-country selfie stops, an Aussie acoustic set and a marriage proposal

PUBLISHED: 11:33 08 May 2017 | UPDATED: 14:19 08 May 2017

Josh Woodhall dropped to one knee and popped the question to Hayley Bloomfield at Framlingham Castle. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Josh Woodhall dropped to one knee and popped the question to Hayley Bloomfield at Framlingham Castle. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

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The Ed Sheeran effect is still going strong at a landmark celebrated in one of the Suffolk singer's singles.

Visitors continue to flock to Framlingham for a look at the subject of Ed’s ninth top 10 hit – including a touring musician from Down Under, a hopeful boyfriend and his bride-to-be, and a couple who travelled almost 300 miles just for a Castle on the Hill selfie.

Since the first single from his third album came out in January, former Thomas Mills High School pupil Ed has inspired fans from across the world to visit Framlingham Castle, which appears at the end of the video released at the same time.

Josh Woodhall's proposal to Hayley Bloomfield was captured by the team at Framlingham Castle and posted on FacebookJosh Woodhall's proposal to Hayley Bloomfield was captured by the team at Framlingham Castle and posted on Facebook

Another big draw has been the six-and-a-half metre slide set up on scaffolding during the course of a £1.2million conservation project – attracting some 5,000 visitors in the February half term holiday.

"Over the castle on the hill" #edsheeran #framlinghamcastle #framlingam

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A total of 15,000 visitors have passed through the gates since the season began in April.

Just chilling at the castle on the hill. #castleonthehill #edsheeran #framlinghamcastle #adventure #hungoverwalk

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Kirstie Horne, English Heritage’s property manager at Framlingham Castle, said: Given the time of year, we’ve seen a big increase in numbers – largely down to Ed Sheeran and the slide.

Framlingham Castle. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNFramlingham Castle. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

“One young couple came all the way from Blackpool to have a selfie at the castle.”

Queen Mary I and English Heritage member, Jack Love, from Worlingworth, who won a competition to be the first visitor to go down the slide at Framlingham Castle. Picture: PAGEPIX LTDQueen Mary I and English Heritage member, Jack Love, from Worlingworth, who won a competition to be the first visitor to go down the slide at Framlingham Castle. Picture: PAGEPIX LTD

As well as snapping selfies, visitors are staying to learn more about the castle and take an audio tour of the grounds.

A still from Ed Sheeran's Castle on the Hill videoA still from Ed Sheeran's Castle on the Hill video

Melbourne musician Jordan Bailey dropped by during a seven-week bike tour of Scotland, England and Ireland. While at the castle, he was encouraged to break out his guitar and play a tune from his soon-to-be released EP.

Pop trio The Tailormade – who include another local singer, Matt Pickersgill, from Woodbridge – were inspired to record their own cover version just outside.

Another visitor was inspired to make a romantic gesture by proposing marriage to his girlfriend on Good Friday. Josh Woodhall dropped to one knee and popped the question to Hayley Bloomfield, who said ‘yes’ as Ed’s How Would You Feel (Paean) played on a mobile phone speaker in the background.

Refurbishment continues on the Poor House within the castle’s curtain walls.

The building was endowed by Sir Robert Hitcham who bought Framlingham Castle in 1635. It was built in 1729 on the site of the castle’s medieval great hall. English Heritage hopes the attraction, and a new café, will be open to visitors in early summer.

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