A crowded market place of bargain hunters in Sudbury Town; with the magnificent St. Peter's Church prominent in the square. A memorial statue to Thomas Gainsborough, the Sudbury-born English painter, is a notable feature of the market place as the stall visitors mill about. Pre-dating the availability of cheap fashion, home and kitchenware in high street outlets; clothes and home goods stalls populate heavy at the market, in addition to the obligatory fruit and veg.
Sudbury’s market is more than 1000 years old, mentioned in a charter dating back to 1009. It is still running today and is one of Suffolk’s biggest and best markets.
The earliest reference to the town was in 799AD when Aelfhun, Bishop of Dunwich died here – a memorial statue was erected in 1999 outside St Gregory’s Church.
We also can see a statue honouring Thomas Gainsborough, one of Britain’s most famous artists who was born in the town in 1727. Princess Louise, Queen Victoria’s daughter, first unveiled the statue on 10 June 1913, close to St Peter’s Church.
The East Anglian Film Archive, the first and largest Regional Film Archive in England, was established in 1976. Since 1984, EAFA has been owned and operated by the University of East Anglia, Norwich (UEA), to support research and work to preserve our moving image heritage. More than 250 hours are freely available online as examples of the wide range of film which attracts interest the world over.