A Brief History
During the centuries prosperous for the cloth trade, nearly every important building in Clare had associations with the cloth industry, from the selling of raw wool to the weaving of broadcloth and later bays, says and linen, to the houses of wealthy clothiers and mercers. The wealth of the town is reflected in the impressive size of the 14th and 15th century parish church of St Peter and St Paul.
The Wool Village of Cavendish, neatly nestled between Newmarket and Bury St Edmunds, is one of those rare unspoilt places that provide visitors a glimpse of old England. With its three village pubs, its village green, the perfect place to stop for a picnic, and its iconic Suffolk Pink cottages, it's time to take a deep breath and be transported back to another age, a gentler age when life moved at a different pace.
The same can be said of Clare, another Wool Village that lies on the north bank of the River Stour between Sudbury and Bury St Edmunds in the South and Heart of Suffolk. BT Suffolk Village of the Year 2010, Clare is infused with history and traditional charm. Clare Castle Country Park, the 13th Century Priory and Great Gothic Wool Church provide a fascinating background for visitors to the village who will be spoilt for choice in terms of the excellent Guesthouses and Bed and Breakfasts on offer, plus the range of restaurants and cafes.
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