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August 21, 2015

Stowmarket Suffolk

Filed under: England,Facts,History,Travel,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , — needahand @ 11:56 am

Stowmarket Suffolk England: Stowmarket is a town of 15,059 inhabitants and is located in the county of Suffolk. This town is on the A14 between Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich and on the railway between London and Norwich. It is the largest town in Mid Suffolk, on the banks of the River Gipping which is joined by the River Rat further south. The town takes its name from “Stow” an Anglo-Saxon word meaning “main square”. Stowmarket received a charter to hold a market in 1347 from Edward III of England, which added the “market” suffix to the town’s name. Even today, a bi-weekly market is held on Thursdays and Saturdays. The county of Suffolk has an area of almost 1,500 square miles and a population of 730,000.

March 22, 2012

Ipswich Suffolk

Filed under: England,Travel,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , , , , — needahand @ 1:02 pm

Ipswich Suffolk – Ipswich is a city of 128,000 inhabitants. Ipswich is the administrative capital of the region of Suffolk in England, United Kingdom. The city is located in the east of the country a hundred miles from London. The centre of Ipswich provides a wide choice of boutiques, shops, bars and restaurants. The town offers a vibrant mix of heritage. The city has preserved traces of ancient origin: 650 houses and 12 medieval churches are classified. The beautiful parks of Ipswich are an important part of the legacies of the city and very popular when the weather is fine. Residents and visitors can access over 500 hectares of green space. Its location on the estuary of the River Orwell, about fifteen miles from the Port of Felixstowe gives it a dual purpose of river port and sailing centre. The city has a very diversified economy. The Orwell River that flows through the city is a real asset for aesthetics and tourism. Ipswich is a student town. Near the town are the coasts of Suffolk, impressive heritage of the region and the natural beauty of the forests of Thetford and Rendlesham. The nearest towns are Felixstowe, in the same area of Suffolk, and Harwich and Colchester in Essex.

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March 16, 2011

Lowestoft Maritime Museum

Filed under: England,History,Holidays,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , , , — needahand @ 1:10 pm

One of the most popular attractions in the Lowestoft, Suffolk area, the Lowestoft Maritime Museum is located in Whapload Road, and opened in 1958 as a resource for local people to trace the maritime history of this area. Ideal for a visit when the weather is not so good, it was founded by the Lowestoft and East Suffolk Maritime Society in Robert Sparrow’s cottage, in what is known as “Sparrows Nest Park”, the museum housed in a small cottage, has rooms featuring various aspects of Lowestoft’s maritime history, specifically the fishing industry, with exhibits of nets, tools and trawling equipment. So if you are planning a visit or holiday in the Lowestoft, Great Yarmouth or Corton areas, this year, be sure to head along to this fine museum and learn something of the industry which has been so important for the area. The address of the Lowestoft Maritime Museum is: Maritime Museum – Sparrows Nest, Whapload Rd, Lowestoft, Suffolk NR32 1XG. Telephone Number: 01502 56196301502 561963. Website: Lowestoft is 3 miles from Corton and 12 miles from Great Yarmouth.

July 16, 2010

Lowestoft Suffolk

Filed under: England,Travel,United Kingdom — Tags: , , — needahand @ 12:03 pm

A town which contains the most easterly point in the United Kingdom, Lowestoft is also the second largest town in the county of Suffolk, and a significant port for many years. One of the suberbs of Lowestoft, Oulton Broad, is at the southern end of the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads a popular area for boating. An early Viking settlement, Lowestoft gets its name from the Viking language, the town was also mentioned in the Domesday Book, when it has just 100 inhabitants. Fishing was largely the main industry of the town over the years though it later became important for tourism, and still attracts large number of visitors today. Since 1996 an air show has been held every year on Lowestoft seafront.

July 2, 2010

Bedford Lodge Hotel Newmarket

Filed under: England,hotels,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , — needahand @ 1:57 pm
Bedford Lodge Newmarket

Bedford Lodge Newmarket

If you are visiting the famous horse racing town of Newmarket, Suffolk, in the near future, you might want to consider staying at the luxurious Four Star Bedford Lodge Hotel, one of the finest establishments in the area. Offering luxurious suites, well appointed guest rooms and a calm peaceful atmosphere, the Bedford Lodge Newmarket will not disappoint as your choice of hotel in the town. It is also ideal for wedding events, offering a fantastic setting among 3 acres of rose gardens, which you can also walk around and enjoy when the weather is fine. Other facilities include Jacuzzi, sauna, steam rooms, indoor pool, health club and first class restaurant. Newmarket is the headquarters of UK horse racing and also the main centre for horse breeding, it is a historic market town, located in a beautiful part of the country. Rooms are available in the Bedford Lodge Newmarket from 120 pounds per night, book, relax and enjoy! Newmarket is located between Bury St Edmunds and Cambridge and is only 28 miles from Stanstead Airport.

Newmarket Street Map.

August 27, 2009

Bury St Edmunds Sudbury and Mildenhall Suffolk

One of East Anglia’s most historic towns, Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk was considered a royal town by the Saxons and would certainly have been known by the Romans long before this. A monastery was built in Bury St Edmunds in around 633 by order of the King of the East Angles (Sigebert) and it was here that King Edmund was buried in 903 AD. The town grew around the abbey which later became the meeting place of the Barons of England as they formulated the Magna Carta. Much later during the 17th century the infamous Bury St Edmunds witch trials were held there. There are still remains of the abbey close to the town centre, though it was mostly destroyed during the 16th century. To the south of Bury St Edmunds, sitting beside the River Stour, Sudbury is another historic Saxon town, recorded in the Saxon Chronicles of 799 AD. Sudbury later grew prosperous through the wool and silk trade, it was also a well known haunt of famous artists such as John Constable who painted scenes of the area. A village which also benefited from the wool trade is Long Melford (located to the north of Sudbury), the proportions of its Holy Trinity Church attest to this, built with ‘wool’ money, it appears more like a cathedral. Two stately homes in the village of Long Melford, also built with ‘wool’ money, are Melford Hall and Kentwell Hall. To the north-west of Bury St Edmunds is the small market town of Mildenhall, which has held a regular market since the 15th century, Mildenhall made big news in the nineteen forties when a large haul of Roman silver was found there, it is probably best known as the home of the air base RAF Mildenhall. Suffolk Map.

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