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Photographs of East Anglia in the winter - John Constable Country

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Monks Eleigh from across the valley in Suffolk - Winter scene - (Click photograph above to go to first slide)

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You can tell a great deal about the origin of an English town by the ending of its name. By the time the Normans arrived in 1066, almost every modern English town already had its name, and today you can get an indication of who settled the town (or re-settled it) based on the ending of the name. Names that end in -ham are Anglo-Saxon; "ham" is Old English for "settlement" (examples: Durham, Clapham). Other Anglo-Saxon endings: ing (Reading), stowe (Felixstowe), stead (Hampstead) and ton (Kingston).

In Old Danish, the -by ending indicated a farm, so Whitby and Derby are Viking towns. Other Danish names: thorpe (Scunthorpe), toft, a plot of land (Lowestoft) and scale, a hut or shelter (Windscale).


If you're interested to understand the naming of the counties and regions better here's an interesting observation from Historical Atlas about three old Saxon names, Essex, Sussex, and Wessex (East, South and West).

After the Roman evacuation of Britain in the early fifth century began the Celtic inhabitants started to employ Germanic mercenaries to defend themselves. These later seized power and initiated a migration of Germanic peoples to Britain which would wipe out, displace or assimilate the Celtic population. The start of the Germanic invasion has traditionally been dated to AD 449 and it comprised mainly of three tribes, namely Saxons, Angles and Jutes. These tribes eventually formed several Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of which the more long-lasting, and thus more famous, were the so called Heptarchy. The oldest kingdom was Kent, where the Jutes settled (they also created a kingdom on the Isle of Wight which was conquered by Wessex). The Saxons are associated with three kingdoms called  Wessex (West Saxons), Sussex (South Saxons) and Essex (East Saxons). The Angles from whom England is named after are said to have formed the kingdoms of Mercia, East Anglia and Northumbria

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The Medieval Market Town of Lavenham January 2008

Lavenham was a thriving centre of the English wool trade during the Middle Ages , and many of Lavenham's historic buildings  were built by the prosperous wool merchants. 
Ornate signpost on the outskirts of Lavenham The crooked house The Greyhound Pub The Swan Hotel A collection of medieval and Tudor architecture.

Sign post on the outskirts of Lavenham

The Crooked House Gallery - a typical example of the medieval buildings in Lavenham

The Greyhound Pub in Lavenham - Great food at reasonable prices

The Swan is a wonderful place in which to celebrate a variety of special occasions, including romantic weddings, christenings and family get-togethers.

An example of medieval cottages

Examples of medieval and Tudor architecture

More architecture

Entrance to village square  The Guild Hall The Small Hall The Angel Hotel The Bar at The Angel
Examples of medieval and Tudor architecture The entrance to Lavenham Village square The Guildhall Lavenham located in the Village Square The Small Hall located in the Village Square The Angel Hotel  located in the Village Square, good accommodation at affordable prices The Bar at The Angel Hotel
One of the Dining rooms at the Angle   Sloping bedroom walls at The Angel  View from bedroom at The Angel 
The church of St. Peter and St. Paul
Buildings surrounding the Village Square 
One of the dinning rooms at The Angel Angles in the architecture of a medieval building View from bedroom window, The Angel The Church of St Peter and St Paul, Lavenham The Church of St Peter and St Paul, Lavenham Buildings in the Village Square Lavenham
Residential Street in Clare The Bell - Clare  Parish Church of St Peter & St Paul

The County of Suffolk abounds in historical and beautiful towns and villages. Of the smaller towns Clare has a deeply fascinating history and the kind of timeless beauty which can only evolve over many centuries.  

Street in Clare another picturesque village close to Lavenham The Bell Hotel, Clare The Church in Clare The Church in Clare
Beautiful and historic towns and villages well worth visiting:  Bury St Edmunds, Sudbury, Newmarket, Lavenham, Cavendish, Long Melford, and Clare, each in its own way unique 

Constable Country - Flatford and Long Melford

The River Stour  Flatford Mill  Flatford from public walkway Flatford Bridge Cottage  Woodlands adjacent to Flatford 
A view of The River Stour - Flatford Classic John Constable material - Flatford Mill Public walkways abound and provide another view - this view of Flatford Public walkways abound and provide another view - this view of Flatford Public walkways abound and provide another view - this view of Flatford Bridge Cottage Public walkways abound and provide another view - this view of Woodlands adjacent to Flatford

Hall Street is the main street in Long Melford and is a very long and wide street offering ample parking on either side. Black and white Tudor-beamed, Georgian and Victorian buildings line the street. 

Public walkway with Dedham church in view  Long Melford Book Fair  Melford Hall (NT) Long Melford  Swans - Melford Hall 
Public walkways abound and provide another view - this view of Dedham across fields adjacent to Flatford Public walkways abound and provide another view - this view of Dedham across fields adjacent to Flatford Long Melford is famous for its Antiques and Books - here is one of the regular book fares Long Melford Hall a National Trust property Swans at Long Melford Hall

Long Melford is set along a broad and pretty street, over a mile long. It is a place for walking and exploring the many antiques shops and warehouses, admiring the varying styles of architecture and enjoying some refreshment in one of the many tea shops, pubs and restaurants.
As you browse the shops and in particular the many antique shops you will sense a feeling of familiarity. The reason for this is that many featured in the TV series "Lovejoy" starring Ian McShane, much of the series was filmed in the area.

More photographs of Flatford and East Anglia

Monks Eleigh in Suffolk and Aldeburgh on the East Coast
Monks Eleigh nr Lavenham  Cottages Monks Eleigh  St Peter Church
 Monks Eleigh
Aldeburgh Beach 
fronting The North Sea 
Reclaimed land Aldeburgh   Boat Park on reclaimed land - Aldeburgh  
View of Monks Eleigh a small village close to Lavenham Cottages at Monks Eleigh The Church Monks Eleigh Aldeburgh Beach pronounced Allborough The vulnerability of reclaimed land at Aldeburgh Boat park Aldeburgh

The ever changing coastline of Aldeburgh

Centuries ago before the Romans arrived, there was more than a mile of land between the sea and where Aldeburgh stands today. Ever since there has been considerable erosion along much of the coastline of Suffolk.

Compared with today, a map from the 16tyh century shows Aldeburgh to have had an extensive beach running parallel to the shore. A century later, tax returns show that many of these houses were empty due to the threat of erosion.

The coastline north of Aldeburgh has also changed over the centuries, but in this case land has been gained. Up until the 19th century there was a large tidal inletbetween Aldeburgh and Thorpness known as Thorpe Haven or The Meare. It was protected from the open sea by a long spit of shingle and was used by boats to shelter from stormy seas.

Eventually the mouth of the Haven silted up and a large expanse of water remained until it was drained to create farmland. The area now forms a large part of The Haven and North Warren nature reserves.


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