There’s something about Sudbury

PUBLISHED: 11:00 12 March 2009 | UPDATED: 15:52 20 February 2013

Roger Hibbert KSL

Roger Hibbert KSL

Treat yourself to a getaway that is just on your doorstep, says Kayleigh Braugh, as she meets the friendly faces of the people of Sudbury

SUDBURY is one of the many attractive market towns in East Anglia and a real treat within easy reach of north Essex. It is an ideal shopping destination with a quaint variety of independent retailers on a thriving high street.

The town is also surrounded by beautiful countryside, which no doubt provided inspiration for the famous 18th century Sudbury-born artist, Thomas Gainsborough. These charming surroundings were not lost on the location finders for the BBC series Lovejoy whose directors often used the town for filming.

Situated in the Stour Valley, Sudbury dates back 600 years to the Anglo Saxon period and has since formed a well established silk and weaving industry. Follow this achievement into the 21st century and business is still booming on North Street and Market Hill; the main high street shopping destinations for visitors.

It is apt to say that Sudbury has an adequate blend of activities to make an enjoyable daytrip or even a wonderful weekend getaway. Take time to visit the architecture of St Peter's Church, the history of Gainsborough's House and the drama of The Quay theatre. There is also a delightful selection of restaurants and hotels to enjoy good food and escape
from it all.

Historical legacies of Sudbury add to the beauty of the town and the ever improving rail links between Colchester and London make this
a hot spot within a commutable distance for many surrounding
towns in Essex.

Ornate jewellery, lavish clothes and other fine produce cater for those in search of something a little bit different and there is even more choice when the market comes to town on Thursday and Saturday.

Difficult economic times make it increasingly tough for independent traders but the social value of smaller high street stores is something to be protected. In celebration of these high street heroes, Essex Life went to meet the people making a difference.

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