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Nov 24, 2014 - Exploring a few Suffolk villages

It was a lovely day but cold so we decided to take a drive and explore a number of the small villages of Suffolk. Our first stop was Lavenham once a centre of the region’s wool trade and has an ensemble of perfectly preserved half-timbered houses. It was a lovely village to walk around but it was so cold. From Lavenham we then drove through the pastoral rolling countryside of Suffolk to find the small village of Kersey, another old wool town with timbered building and a church standing high above the village

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Jul 13, 2012 - Bury St Edmund

Friday, July 13, 2012 It was calling for rain, so we decided to go to Bury St Edmunds. First we went to the Theater Royal which was built in 1819 and restored in 2005. We were permitted to go anywhere we wanted to on our own. We started all the way in the top in the gallery seats, looked at the box seats, at the stage, backstage, the dressing rooms, costume and green room. It was really neat to be able to look all over the theater. From 1900 the building was owned by the Greene King Brewery which used the it for cask storage for many years....

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Jul 12, 2012 - Back to Lavenham and on to Melford Hall

Thursday, July 12, 2012 Another day with no rain! Hurrah! Went to Lavenham again, walked through the Guild Hall, then walked around the town for awhile. Then we went to Long Melford, to Melford Hall. This Tudor house was built by Henry VIII's lawyer. Queen Elizabeth I visited here and brought with her 1,500 people. Sir Richard Hyde Parker and his family live in the south wing and use the rest of the house at times. He drove in while we were talking to a volunteer at the entry. Beatrix Potter was related to the family and visited here. In...

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Jul 11, 2012 - Anglesey Abbey and Athertons Arrive

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 Today is Elena's 12th birthday! While we awaited the arrival of the Athertons we went off north of Haverhill and visited Angelsey Abbey, a medieval house that was bought in 1926 by 30-year-old Huttleston Rogers Broughton who restored and remodeled it and made it his home. It's lovely and comfortable, furnished in 1930's style, but with many of the valuable art objects he collected. His mother was an American oil heiress and Broughton grew up on Long Island. He lived at Angelsey Abbey all his life and gave the...

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Jul 10, 2012 - Lavenham

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 Drove around just a little bit in East Anglia today – we've found the countryside to be rolling, not unlike home. There's a lot of agriculture – some sheep, a lot of grain, a few cattle, another bean-type thing we haven't yet identified, no maize at all. Not much tourism right here, either. We drove through Long Melford – pretty, medieval features covered by Georgian improvements in many cases. Melford Hall is not open today. On to Lavenham, one of the most medieval towns in Britain. There we looked at the church of...

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