Beyond Clare

Will Kempe in 1600

Clare lies in West Suffolk on the Stour, the border between Essex and Suffolk: an historic wool town.  Beyond our immediate hinterland, there are many other attractions to visit.  Will Kemp jigged one of his 9-days wonder through Clare.  Why not base your visit in the Clare area and extend beyond?

Arranged clockwise from the north of Clare – all these are within one hour

Castles: Weeting, Hedingham, Montfichet & Norman Village, Lidgate

Gainsborough Museum
Gainsborough Museum: Mrs Cobbold & daughter

Museums: Moyses Hall, West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village, East Anglian Rural Life, Gainsborough, East Anglian Railway, Saffron Walden, Duxford IWM …….

National TrustNational Trust: Ickworth, Melford Hall, Lavenham Guildhall, Theatre Royal, Thorington Hall, Bourne Mill, Flatford, Paycocke’s, Grange Barn,  Hatfield Forest, Wimpole EstateWicken Fen, Anglesey Abbey ……..

Other attractions:  Brandon Country Park, Grimes Graves, Gifford’s Hall VineyardKentwell Hall, Little HouseBeth Chatto GardensAudley End

Beth Chatto water garden
Beth Chatto: the water garden

Within 8 miles: Sudbury, another wool town on the Stour, birthplace of Gainsborough……… and just beyond, the other wool towns: Hadleigh, Lavenham and Long Melford.

Still within an hour or less:
Brandon, Thetford, Ipswich, Colchester, Chelmsford, Cambridge, Ely, Newmarket – each with their own museums & galleries, theatres & cinemas………shopping!

Wool Towns Association logo
Wool Towns Association

The area around Clare is peppered with prehistoric sites and finds.  From a Roman town at Wixoe to the Saxon town of Clare, the landscape has changed over time from forest to large arable farms.  The record of archaeological finds may be seen on this Google map.

The Romans went by, the Normans built, the English wove and traded, Will Kemp jigged his journey, the Americans flew bombers – all roads lead to Clare!

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