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County - Suffolk | Map
Tel code: 01787 | code search
Postcode: CO10 | code search
Population: 11000
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Birthplace of:
Thomas Gainsborough
Maggi Hambling

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Folk Customs:
Jankyn Smith's Endowment
John Sayers Dole

Sudbury Events

April
Plough Beer Festival
The Annual Hundon Plough Beer Festival

May
LeeStock Music Festival
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Tarantella Hotel & Restaurant
"Would you stay in a hotel that is a burnt out hulk since January 2008 and now boarded up.

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The Black Boy
"Good Points: what an enjoyable stay ,we had Fifi and Mimi to look us after booking us in plus the excellant evening meal and the friendly bar atmosphere,the breakfast experience ..." More

Swan Inn
"Really good home cooked food. Hosts Ray and Pam are very welcoming and generate a good atmosphere. The pub is slowly being restored to its former glory with ..." More

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Standing safely on high ground defended by a loop in the river Stour, Sudbury is a quiet market town of some 11,000 people, surrounded by the gentle countryside of south Suffolk. The very name of the place has a protected resonance: Sudbury means south fort in Anglo-Saxon. There has been a market in Sudbury since the late 9th century, and its important people and possessions were detailed in the Domesday Book compiled in 1086. The town has two famous sons of enormously different nature. Simon of Sudbury was Archbishop of Canterbury and the Chancellor (in effect the ruler of England at that period) who introduced the dreaded Poll Tax that provoked the Peasants’ Rebellion in 1381. Simon was dragged from his refuge in the Tower of London by Wat Tyler’s mob, and messily beheaded. In happier times Simon funded the rebuilding of St Gregory’s church, one of the town’s three Perpendicular churches, as well as a secular college - in those times Sudbury was a wealthy cloth town. His mummified head is kept at St Gregory’s as a relic. The other famous figure born here is Thomas Gainsborough, one of English painting’s greatest. Born in Sudbury in 1727 he went to the local grammar school. His statue stands, palette at the ready, in Market Hill. Gainsborough House, his birthplace, is now a museum to the artist with a considerable collection of his work, the building’s original timber-framed construction masked by the Georgian frontage his then prosperous father had added to it in the 1720s. There are plenty of other buildings worth a look in the town, from Tudor timber-framed cottages with over-hanging upper storeys to the town’s library, once its Corn Exchange, rather over-blown Victoriana externally (it was completed in 1841), whose airy interior now seems perfect for its current purpose. A famous visitor should also be mentioned here. Dickens covered the General Election in this rotten borough (which had two MPs) in 1835, his observation of the corruption and gerrymandering appearing in The Pickwick Papers with a little artistic embellishment.

Attraction

Clare Ancient House Museum
Clare Castle Country Park
Crooked House Gallery
Gainsborough's House
Lavenham Guildhall of Corpus Christi
Little Hall
Ridgewell Airfield Commemorative Museum

Caravan Park

Willowmere Caravan Park

Care Home

Catchpole Court
Dell Care Home
Firs Nursing Home
Girling Street & St Faith's Villa
Hillside Residential Home & Nursing
Mellish House
Turner Court

Club

Vita Nightclub

Dentist

Bank Buildings Dental Surgery
Dental Surgery
The Dental Surgery

Doctor

Dr Hayhow & Partners

Glemsford Surgery
Siam Surgery

Farmers Market

Sudbury Farmers' Market

Health and Fitness Club

Atlantic Health & Spa
Kingfisher Leisure Centre

Inn

Highbury Barn
Olde Bull Hotel
The Bay Horse
The Bay Horse
The Bell
The Black Boy
The Plough Inn

Market

Cavendish & Glemsford Car Boot
Sudbury Farmers' Market
Sudbury Market

Performing Arts

Sudbury Symphony Orchestra
Sudbury Theatretrain

Pub and Bar

Anchor Inn
Cock Inn (The)
Horn Public House

Kings Head
North Street Tavern
Prince Of Wales
Swan
Swan Inn
The Lion

School

Stoke College
Stour Valley Community School

Taxi

Sudbury Town Taxis

Theatre

The Quay Theatre

Sports Clubs

Acton CC, Essex (Cricket)
AFC Sudbury (Amateur Football)
Cavendish Wanderers CC (Cricket)
Stour Valley Joggers (Athletics)
Sudbury CC (Cricket)
Sudbury Hockey Club (Men's Hockey)
Sudbury Hockey Club (Women's Hockey)

Shops

Beckham Books
Boots
Assington Farm Shop

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Willow Tree Farm
Rymans
Wyevale Garden Centre
Locks Lane
Plain and Simple
Gallery & Cafe 48
The Withindale Gallery
Lavenham Contemporary
The Hunter Gallery
Crokked House Gallery
Melford Fine Arts
The Gallery
Wildlife Art Gallery
Hunter Gallery
The Organic Box
H Samuel
Mayexperience
Edinburgh Woollen Mill
Specsavers
Fat Face
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Winch & Blatch
Pets At Home
Inspirational Crafts
Little Gems Interiors

Activities

Cycle Club Sudbury(Cycling)
T & J Soccer(Football)
Swift Manor Farm Riding Centre(Riding)

Places to Stay near Sudbury

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The Bay Horse (0.04 miles)

The Bay Horse

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At the edge of the market town of Sudbury, this traditional family-run local pub offers en suite accommodation, a friendly atmosphere, free Wi-Fi and free parking. The Bay Horse is within walking ... More

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The Bay Horse (0.04 miles)

The Bay Horse
At the edge of the market town of Sudbury, this traditional family-run local pub offers en suite accommodation, a friendly atmosphere, free Wi-Fi and free parking. The Bay Horse is within walking distance ... More | visit website
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The Black Boy (0.34 miles)

The Black Boy

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The Black Boy is situated in the heart of this historic town and is open All day every day For food and drink. We offer free car Parking at the ... More

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Hotel Elizabeth, The Mill (0.35 miles)

Hotel Elizabeth, The Mill

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Sudbury is the birthplace of Thomas Gainsborough, the famous portrait artist and the Gainsborough Museum is close by. Sudbury is a thriving historic market town bordered by water meadows with ... More

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Hill Lodge (0.50 miles)

Hill Lodge

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Family run, close to Sudbury town centre and all local amenities. 16 en- suite rooms with tea making, tv and internet access. Residents lounge bar, dining room. Off road parking, conferencing ... More

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Olde Bull Hotel (0.60 miles)

Olde Bull Hotel

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A comfortable B & B for contractors, business people and holiday makers a like. Make use of our large hot tub and activity room with its exercise equipment. 16th Century Grade 1 ... More

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Highbury Barn (1.54 miles)

Highbury Barn

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Warm and welcoming, the Highbury Barn is situated close to the historic market town of Sudbury, which is off the banks of the River ... More

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George & Dragon (2.31 miles)

George & Dragon
A warm welcome awaits at The George & Dragon. We are situated in the picturesque, quintessentially English town of Long Melford in Suffolk and provide real ales, good home cooked food and live entertainment. Our ... More | visit website
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Crown Hotel (2.47 miles)

Crown Hotel

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The Crown Hotel is a family run historic inn which was originally built in 1610 and retains many interesting features.Situated in the very centre of Long Melford’s famous high street, ... More

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Bull Hotel (2.50 miles)

Bull Hotel

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The Bull is situated on Long Melford's High Street, near the Village Green. The fine timbered house has a history dating back over 500 years and has been an Inn since ... More

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