English Heritage in Suffolk


English Heritage in Suffolk

English Heritage serves to preserve and promote the incredible historic environment of Britain and ensure that the colourful past of England is thoroughly comprehended. Suffolk’s English heritage sites range from understated bridged to dramatic castles with the stunning Suffolk countryside as their backdrop. Many of these heritage sites play host to a variety of events year-round.

One of these English Heritage sites is Moulton Packhorse Bridge, a beautiful medieval bridge with four arches. The bridge spans the River Kennett on the old path from Bury St Edmund to Cambridge, with the lovely village of Moulton situated nearby. Moulton is even older than Newmarket, pre-dating the 1086 Doomsday book. This site welcomes the public all year.

A fantastic example of a castle from the 12th century, Framlingham Castle is an architecturally significant castle with a curtain wall displaying mural towers. The crenellated towers, impressive stone wall, and Tudor chimneys nestled in grassy earthworks are a subtle reminder of Britain’s outer defences. The mere, situated to the west, offer gorgeous views of the area.

Bury St Edmunds Abbey boasts the impressive remains of the most powerful and richest Benedictine monastery in the UK. The Abbey includes the full 14th-century Norman Tower and Great Gate and the astonishing ruins of the massive church. The Saxted Green Post Mill was merely one of the many that were built in the 13th century Suffolk. Although the milling operations were halted in 1947, the mills are still in working condition. Explore these interesting mills and their machinery by climbing the various flights of stairs
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English Heritage in Suffolk

The Leiston Abbey is one of Suffolk’s most magnificent ruins of a monastery. In the past, the Abbey was known as St Mary’s Abbey and was founded at Minsmere in 1182 by an influential lawyer, Lord Chief Justice to King Henry II, Ranulf de Glanville. The order of Leister Abbey consisted of a House of Augustinian Canons Regular who adhered to Premonstratensian rule. They differed from monks in that their primary duties involved pastoral work and preaching.

Orford Castle
The distinctive polygonal keep found at the Orford castle is set beside the charming village and the port that was developed in the 1160s by Henry II. Both the interior and the exterior of the castle are completely intact and thus make for a great opportunity for visitors to explore the impressive halls and the well in the basement. The polygonal rooms are structured with a maze of various passages that lead to important chambers in the castle. Visitors can take in the magnificent views of Orford Ness National Nature Reserve from the roof.

Felixstowe Museums consists of fourteen display rooms holding both military and social history. This 18th-century submarine miming establishment is home to a lovely tearoom and shop. Visitors can also find unique exhibitions for 2008 that commemorate the 90th anniversaries of the RAF formations when WW 1 came to an end.

Landguard Fort is famous for being the place where the last opposed invasion of the UK took place in 1667, as well as being the site of the Royal Marine’s first land battle. The fort was originally built in the 1800s and modified in the 1900s. Visitors can enjoy audio tours and guided tours of the grounds, where they will receive a supplementary DVD that presents the interesting history of the site. Situated close by is the Felixstowe Museum, housing many collections of local interest.

Nestled on the road to Kersey, St James’ chapel in Lindsey is a charming 13th-century chapel boasting lancet windows that served as a chantry to Lindsey Castle nearby back in the day. The bailey earthworks and traces of the motte are some of the only parts of the castle that survived, but the chapel itself survived the entire Reformation and became a barn for nearly 400 years. The chapel is open to the public without charge year-round.

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