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8 Incredible Suffolk Facts that will leave you gasping in wonder (maybe)
Britain’s smallest pub is in Bury St Edmunds
“Size matters not!” said Yoda and he knew a pearl of wisdom when he juxtaposed it. The Nutshell pub, at just 15ft by 7ft, opened its doors in 1867, having previously been a fruit shop. Come for the ickle-ness, stay for the weird Mummified Cat that they have on display (for some reason).
Go East young man
Lowestoft is home to the most easterly point in the UK - with “Ness Point” the first place to view the sunrise in the entire country. How romantic is that? A circular plaque displaying distances to other major cities across Europe (and in Britain) marks the spot. And here’s some bonus trivia: in 2005, “Gulliver” – that’s the UK’s largest wind turbine – was built here.
In a display of Winkle picking to shame us all, Dean Gould of Felixstowe created a world record for the fastest Winkle picker in 1997 when he picked 50 shells in 1 minute 22.34 seconds. And that’s a record that has yet to be broken, over 20 years on. What have we been doing with our time?
It might also be worth noting that Dean holds records in flipping/catching the most number of 10p coins on his elbow, eating the most sweetcorn kernels (113 in 3 mins) with a cocktail stick and flipping beer mats (800 times in 40.01 seconds). Clearly, the man is a Suffolk legend.
Suffolk and Cheshire have the highest densities of ponds in the UK. If this isn’t a fact that you want to know, then I really can’t help you.
Jane Taylor, a young poet, wrote perennial bedtime favourite “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” at her residence in Shilling Street, in Lavenham in 1806. If nothing else, my 3 year old daughter thanks you for it.
Famously aliens landed (well, not quite – they apparently hovered) in Suffolk. The “Rendlesham Forest Incident” is one of the most notorious UFO events in England and (though comprehensively debunked) is sometimes referred to as "Britain's Roswell". The truth is out there people.
Famous people from Suffolk include:
- Writer George Orwell - who even took his pen name from the River Orwell
- Legendary broadcaster and DJ John Peel
- TV cook Delia Smith (she supports Norwich FC by the way)
- Actors Bob Hoskins, June Brown and Ralph Fiennes
- Comedian Griff Rhys Jones (but not Mel Smith, who was born in Chiswick)
- Composer Benjamin Britten
- Plus bestselling pop artist Ed Sheeran hails from Framlingham, and even wrote a song about the town's 12th Century castle “The Castle on the Hill” (where he advocates driving fast to Elton John songs – Speed kills, kids!)
- Rock band “The Darkness” were also formed in Lowestoft in 2000, so it's not all good news! Just kidding, we believe in a thing called Love too.
Paint it Suffolk
Renowned painters John Constable and Thomas Gainsborough were born within 10 miles of each other in Suffolk (not during the same time period we hasten to add). John Constable is particularly revered for his stunning landscapes of the Dedham Vale. Better known for his portrait work, Gainsbrough’s landscape paintings of the Suffolk area are also considered masterpieces.
In the words of Porky Pig “That’s all (Suf)folks!”
Suffolk is a beautiful county with fantastic countryside, a great coastline, plenty of places to visit, and a climate which offers some of the driest weather in England - a perfect location!
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