The essence of Suffolk life in 12 photographs

Dogs Ellie and Tanzie on straw bales during harvest.

Dogs Ellie and Tanzie on straw bales during harvest. - Credit: citizenside.com

From the countryside to the coast, Suffolk is home to beautiful villages, bustling towns and tranquil rivers. We have chosen 12 photographs to capture the essence of life throughout the county. But did we succeed?

Aldeburgh

Aldeburgh - Credit: citizenside.com

Aldeburgh on the coast, like many Suffolk locations, features pretty pastel cottages and narrow streets...

Gulls gather around visitors eating fish and chips on the beach in Aldeburgh.

Gulls gather around visitors eating fish and chips on the beach in Aldeburgh. - Credit: Sarah Lucy brown

...while offering beautiful views of the Suffolk coastline and plenty of places to eat fish and chips.

Sunset at Framlingham Castle.

Sunset at Framlingham Castle. - Credit: citizenside.com

Framlingham is home to a perfect moated 12th century castle. It is now owned by English Heritage and is one of the key tourist attractions in Suffolk.

Lavenham's Dickensian Christmas Fair & Craft market.

Lavenham's Dickensian Christmas Fair & Craft market. - Credit: citizenside.com

This picture of medieval Lavenham shows examples of both the busy market culture and Suffolk’s wealth of historic buildings.

The official opening of Boxford Stores with a delivery made by Suffolk Punch horse.

The official opening of Boxford Stores with a delivery made by Suffolk Punch horse. - Credit: Archant


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Suffolk is home to many beautiful villages and Boxford is a good example with its parish church and local store. This image also features the impressive Suffolk Punch horse - a breed which has a special place in Suffolk’s history and in its people’s hearts.

Visitors to the Abbey Gardens in Bury enjoy the hazy sunny weather.

Visitors to the Abbey Gardens in Bury enjoy the hazy sunny weather. - Credit: Archant

Bury St Edmunds is a thriving market town and home to the county’s only cathedral,

Newmarket Racing.

Newmarket Racing. - Credit: Gregg Brown

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Newmarket is referred to as the headquarters of British horseracing and is a prominent part of the Suffolk economy.

Pin Mill looking along the River Orwell.

Pin Mill looking along the River Orwell. - Credit: citizenside.com

The River Orwell runs under the impressive Orwell Bridge and on to the county town of Ipswich.

Port of Felixstowe

Port of Felixstowe - Credit: citizenside.com

The Port of Felixstowe is the UK’s busiest container port and its ships (and the lorries on the A14) are an intrinsic part of Suffolk life.

Onions being harvested at Bradfield St Clare.

Onions being harvested at Bradfield St Clare. - Credit: reader pic/contributed

Extensive agriculture and year-round harvests make this an image that everyone in Suffolk can relate to.

Dedham and the River Stour in Constable Country.

Dedham and the River Stour in Constable Country. - Credit: Su Anderson

Dedham lies on the border with Essex but we claim it as part of Suffolk, along with its most famous son, the artist John Constable.

So there is Suffolk life in a photographic nutshell. We hope you like the selection, but if we have missed anything which you consider a vital part of Suffolk life, let us know in the comments below.

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