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
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
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,
The Bull Hotel, Hall Street, Long Melford.
The Long Melford Lovejoy experience.
The BBC series " Lovejoy " brought a great many visitors to Long
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.
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.
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.
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.