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Visitors to this page will find information & history relating to Long Melford & the surrounding district.

Visitors to Long Melford will find that more changes have happened to the antique shops in the last few months.

The village antique dealers are now the Long Melford Antiques Centre which has over 20 dealers exhibiting.

Also a little further along Hall Street you will find the Long Melford Antique Warehouse.

Every first Wednesday of the month Graham Turner has a good quality Antiques Fair at the Village Hall.

Visitors to the historic village of Long Melford will find many attractions.

Melford Hall the home of Sir Richard Hyde Parker 12th Bt. & Lady Hyde Parker is now run by the National Trust & is open during the year.

Kentwell Hall originally the seat of the Clopton family sits at the end of the splendid avenue of lime trees planted in the late 17th century. It is home to Mr. Patrick Phillips & is open during the year. It is well known for its annual tudor events.

The village is famous for Holy Trinity Church which sits at the top of the village green. It has a wealth of historic family monuments from the Hyde Parker family & the Clopton family. The Clopton Chapel & The Lady Chapel should not be missed. The medieval stained glass of the Cloptons is a rare survival. Please do support the church during its current appeal as it needs a new lighting & heating system.

At the top of the village green in front of the church stands Holy Trinity Hospital. These almshouses were built in 1573 by Sir William Cordell Bt. & it is still in use today.
The visitor will find several several pubs, resturants, & hotels in the village including The Bull Hotel which probably had become an Inn by 1580.


16th Century the Bull Hotel, Long Melford.

The Bull Hotel, Hall Street, Long Melford.

The Long Melford Lovejoy experience.

The BBC series " Lovejoy " brought a great many visitors to Long Melford.
It was interesting to see Lovejoy going to local places which you knew well.
You would see scenes of Long Melford, Lavenham, Bury St. Edmunds etc.

The observant Melfordian would see the cast in the village.
I remember seeing " Tinker " going into the local grocery store as he was living for a time near the Black Lion Hotel in one of the victorian terraced cottages down Church Walk.

The Bull Hotel was used for an episode, as was the interior of Alexander Lyall Antiques at Belmont House.

Belchamp Walter Hall was the home of " Lady Jane " & frequently appeared in many episodes.

As the proprietor of Suthburgh Antiques i was asked if the interior of my shop could be used in the filming of one of the episodes.


Sudbury is only a short drive from Long Melford.

In 797 Aelfhun, Bishop of Suffolk died at Suthburgh this is the oldest historical reference to the town in the Anglo Saxon Chronicle.

By the reign of Ethelred II ( 978 - 1016 ) Sudbury had a Royal Mint this continued during the reigns of Cnut, Edward the Confessor, William I & II, Henry I, & Stephen.

At the time of the Doomsday Book there were sixty three freemen.

Thomas Gainsborough was born in Sudbury in 1727.

Gainsborough`s House is open as a museum dedicated to the life & work of Thomas Gainsborough.Vistors can go into the garden & see the ancient mulberry tree & spend some time in the new cafe & shop.

Sudbury has three fine medieval churches. St. Gregory`s Church has a particularly gruesome reminder of the Peasants Revolt in 1381. Simon of Sudbury, Bishop of London, Archbishop of Canterbury & Lord Chancellor of England was beheaded by the rebels. His head is preserved in a glass case in the vestry although his body is in Canterbury Cathedral.

Sudbury also has the ancient Common Lands by the river Stour which are a peaceful area of unspoilt water meadows. 

Trafalgar Antiques is Sudbury`s only antique shop.


The fine tudor buildings of the village is a draw for visitors from all over the world.
Just have a walk around Water Street, Lady Street, Shilling Street & the famous Market Place with the Guildhall to see this for yourself.

J & J Baker are established antique dealers in Water Street.

The Timbers Antique Centre is also worth a visit.


16th Century Lavenham Swan Hotel.

The Swan Hotel, Lavenham, Suffolk.


Lavenham Guildhall with it`s newly lime washed front.

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Gainsborough`s House, Sudbury, Suffolk.


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