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An early silk-weaving industry (still in existence, on a smaller scale) as well as the wool trade brought prosperity to Sudbury, which has three fine Perpendicular Gothic churches and some half-timber houses.
Thomas Gainsborough, one of the greatest English portrait and landscape painters, was born here in 1727; a statue of him holding his palette stands on Market Hill. In Charles Dickens's first novel,
The Pickwick Papers, Sudbury was the model for the fictional Eatanswill, where Mr. Pickwick stands for Parliament.
Aldeburgh (pronounced orl -bruh) is a quiet seaside resort, except in June, when the town fills with people attending the noted Aldeburgh Festival...
The Norfolk coast begins to feel wild and remote near Blakeney, 14 miles west of Cromer. Driving the coast road from Cromer, you pass marshes...