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FLATFORD

Flatford Mill and the area around it inspired the artist John Constable.  The National Trust has a small exhibition nearby and there are waymarked walks which take in the places Constable knew, and painted.  Guided tours are also available.  Or you can hire a boat on the river Stour.

There is no public access to Flatford Mill or Willy Lott's House (pictured).

Location/Address: East Bergholt
County: Suffolk
Post Code: CO7 6UL
Main Historic Period: Georgian
Link to featured article: A bit about Constable Country
Tip/Nearby: Colchester
Primary Management: National Trust
ELEANOR CROSS, Waltham

One of three surviving original Eleanor Crosses of the 12 ordered by Edward I to commemorate his deceased wife, Eleanor. Eleanor died at Harby in 1290 and a cross was subsequently erected at every point where the cortege carrying her body rested on its journey to Westminster. The other three surviving crosses are at Geddington and Hardingstone in Northamptonshire; the final cross was at Charing, London. The Waltham Cross is in the centre of the town near the Pavilions Shopping Centre and has been heavily restored.

Photo Nigel Cox via Wikimedia.  Post code is approximate.

Location/Address: Waltham Cross
County: Hertfordshire
Post Code: EN8 7AJ
Main Historic Period: Medieval
Link to featured article: Eleanor's Cross, Hardingstone
Tip/Nearby: Waltham Abbey
Primary Management: Local Authority
BERKHAMSTED CASTLE

Ruined remains of motte and bailey castle dating from 11th to 15th centuries. Berkhamsted was home to kings, besieged by the French and scene of the Saxon surrender to William the Conqueror in 1066.

Location/Address: Berkhamsted
County: Hertfordshire
Post Code: HP4 1HH
Main Historic Period: Medieval
Link to featured article: Why visit Berkhamsted Castle?
Primary Management: English Heritage
St BARTHOLOMEW’S, Orford

Orford's parish church was originally built in the 12th century - and its grand, but ruined, chancel can still be seen in the churchyard. The surviving building is still large, dates from 14th century and has been much restored. Amongst its treasures are a number of surviving 15th and 16th century brasses and a remarkable font. Benjamin Britten loved the church; some of the composer's works premiered here and concerts are regularly held.

Location/Address: Church Street
Orford
County: Suffolk
Post Code: IP12 2LW
Main Historic Period: Medieval
Tip/Nearby: Orford Castle, Orford Ness
Primary Management: Church authorities
ORFORD CASTLE

The polygonal keep of Orford Castle survives in remarkable condition, surrounded by the remains of moats and walls visible as shapes in the grass. The castle was built by Henry II in the 12th century to protect his interests locally. Given that most of the castle has gone, inside the keep there's a surprising amount to see - including Orford Museum - and there are fabulous views from the top of St Bartholomew's church, Orford Ness and the surrounding countryside.

Oh - and don't forget the legendary merman.

Location/Address: Orford
County: Suffolk
Post Code: IP12 2ND
Main Historic Period: Medieval
Link to featured article: Orford Castle and a merman
Tip/Nearby: Orford Ness, Snape Maltings
Primary Management: English Heritage
ORFORD NESS

Orford Ness is Europe's largest shingle spit, approximately 10 miles long running between the River Alde and the North Sea in Suffolk. It is an internationally important area of shingle habitat, home to a huge variety of wildlife, much of it fragile and precious. It was also used for secret military testing and experimentation, including for aircraft, radio, radar, ballistics and atomic weapons, since the First World War until after the Cold War. Limited access is available via National Trust Ferry from Orford.

Location/Address: Orford Quay
Orford
County: Suffolk
Post Code: IP12 2NU
Main Historic Period: Modern
Link to featured article: What really happened at Orford Ness?
Tip/Nearby: Orford Castle, Havergate Island (RSPB)
Primary Management: National Trust
SUTTON HOO

There are 18 (or 20) burial mounds at Sutton Hoo, which historians believe was the cemetery for the Wuffingas, the royal dynasty of 7th century East Anglia who claimed to be descendants of the god Woden.   The greatest burial was possibly that of King Raedwald, an amazing ship burial unearthed just before the Second World War.  Most of the artefacts are now in the British Museum in London, but there is an exhibition on site, plus replicas of some of the treasures. And you can visit Tranmer House, the home of the landowner, Edith Pretty, which has been refurbished in 1930s style.

Location/Address: Tranmer House
Sutton Hoo
Nr Woodbridge
County: Suffolk
Post Code: IP12 3DJ
Main Historic Period: Saxon
Link to featured article: Stories behind Sutton Hoo
Tip/Nearby: Orford Ness
Primary Management: National Trust
St MICHAEL’S, Framlingham

The earliest part of St Michael's Framlingham dates from the 12th century, though it is mostly 14th - 16th century. It is an impressive church. The roof is wonderful, but the chancel is huge and spectacular. There are several notable features, not least a 15th century wall painting and interestingly carved font, but what Framlingham's parish church is most famous for is its tombs, especially those of the Howard family, the Dukes of Norfolk. Included are the tombs of Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, executed for treason in 1547, and that of the 3rd Duke of Norfolk, Thomas Howard, in his day one of the most powerful men in England. Framlingham also contains the tomb of Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond, an illegitimate son of Henry VIII.

Location/Address: Church Street
Framlingham
County: Suffolk
Post Code: IP13 9BJ
Main Historic Period: Medieval
Tip/Nearby: Framlingham Castle next door
Primary Management: Church authorities
FRAMLINGHAM CASTLE

Framlingham is a late 12th century castle once owned by the Earls and Dukes of Norfolk. By the mid 16th century, it was in the hands of Mary Tudor, elder daughter of Henry VIII, and it was here that she gathered support and heard that she had been proclaimed queen in 1553. In the 17th century it became the local poorhouse. The imposing walls of the castle are still pretty much standing, though the other medieval buildings have gone. Unusually, it is possible to walk right round the walls at Framlingham, giving marvellous views. There is also a small exhibition on site and an interesting local museum, the Lanman Trust's Museum.

Location/Address: Church Street
Framlingham
County: Suffolk
Post Code: IP13 9BP
Main Historic Period: Medieval
Tip/Nearby: St Michael's church next door
Primary Management: English Heritage
ALDEBURGH

Popular Suffolk seaside sailing town, famous for its fresh fish sold from the seashore, the Scallop sculpture by Maggi Hambling and the Aldeburgh Festival, started by the composer Benjamin Britten, who lived in the town and whose house, the Red House, can be viewed. The main concert venue is at Snape Maltings, just up the road. Aldeburgh also boasts a fine Tudor Moot Hall and a Napoleonic Martello Tower - the latter is not open to the public, but is available for holidays. Aldeburgh is a fairly buzzy place, with a variety of shops, pubs, restaurants and a cinema.

County: Suffolk
Post Code: IP15 5DS
Main Historic Period: Victorian
Link to featured article: From a house in the clouds to a fort
Useful Website Address: Suffolk Coast website
Tip/Nearby: Orford Castle, Orford Ness, Thorpeness
Primary Management: Local Authority
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