The Village of Long Melford in Suffolk

Long Melford Suffolk Holidays

A visitors guide to the village of Long Melford in Suffolk. As the name implies, Long Melford is very long with the main street stretching for a number of miles, considered to be one of the longest high streets in East Anglia. 

The residential area consists of attractive Georgian and Victorian houses, with the main part of the town taken up with art galleries, antique and book shops.  Many of the residential houses face the thirteen acre village green, coming in all shapes, sizes, ages and colours. The village has several pubs and a variety of excellent restaurants. The magnificent church of the Holy Trinity resides at one end of the town towards the northern end, a beautiful old wool church with wonderful stained glass. 

The National Trust property of Melford Hall one of East Anglia's most celebrated Elizabethan houses used to be the country retreat and deer park for the abbots of Bury St Edmunds. Kentwell Hall is where history comes to life, the House, Gardens and Farm have an unrivalled ability to captivate the visitor. At Kentwell they hold Tudor themed days and also host themed events based around the Second World War.

The town of Long Melford  has been busy since Tudor times, though it can trace its heritage back to roman days. The red building in front of the church is the holy trinity almshouses built in 1573 by William Cordwell, of Melford Hall. Many of his families tombs can be found inside the church.
For Norfolk or Suffolk Myths and Legends - Click the Myth or Legend Link. Elizabeth 1 was entertained at Melford Hall with its pepperpot towers she was welcomed by two hundred young gentlemen in white velvet, three hundred in black and over one thousand five hundred serving men.
For Norfolk or Suffolk Myths and Legends - Click the Myth or Legend Link. A blue glass roman vase was unearthed in Long Melford in 1958. It now resides in the British Museum.

For Norfolk or Suffolk Parks and Gardens - Click the What to do Link. The Bell Inn is supposed to be haunted. It was built in 1450 but has only been an inn since 1570, so no time at all really!

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