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Published: October 18th 2007
Hedingham Castle is on the North Essex / Suffolk border and is famous for its Norman keep.
Thursday October 18th
We awoke to another magical day, blue sky, but cold! Rags reckons it’s the first time this trip he has felt it. He’d better get used to it!
Today we again headed in a northerly direction, this time to Bury St Edmunds. This town dates back over 5 centuries and was the shrine of St Edmund, the patron saint of England before St George took that title.
On the way we stopped at Hedingham Castle but, as we were too early, it was not open. Rags did manage to scramble up a steep slope and take some photos of the exterior but we would like to return to see more.
Bury St Edmunds was a navigator’s nightmare and we ended up parking in the centre with only 1 hour allowed. This only gave us time to see the area near the centre, take pictures of Edmundsbury Cathedral, look inside St Mary’s Church, and make our way back to the car. This was nowhere near enough time to really see the town but we both didn’t want the hassle of finding more parking. Instead, we agreed to continue to the next town, Lavenham, and to
First build in the 12th century with later additions in the 16th century. It is being cleaned and it's amazing how clean the stonework on these places can look!
return to Bury St Edmunds at a later date. Its great being here for the time we have plus the use of a vehicle, it gives us so much flexibility.
In less than 30 mins we were in Lavenham where, after having our cut lunch, we set off to explore what is called England’s Finest Mediaeval Town. The Guildhall of Corpus Christi, built about 1530 was our first stop. This is a National Trust building and thanks to Richard & Doff’s membership cards, we were made welcome here. The producing of wool and spinning of high quality cloth dates back to the earliest of time here and the exhibits gave a good portrayal of these crafts.
This town was full of little shops and Judy wanted to explore them all - antiques, jewelry, butcher, baker etc. We bought what we hope will be some lovely lemon spread. The town is a photographer’s paradise as far as the buildings go and we enjoyed wandering around, soon having many photos of examples of the timber-framed and crooked houses and buildings here.
The trip home was through the back roads and Judy proved her navigating ability even with a map
These were in both the cathedral and St Mary's Church.
(Another new word!)
that didn’t give a lot of detail, and we arrived home only having to backtrack or take an unexpected route a couple of times.
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