15 Facts About Suffolk


Suffolk is a ceremonial county of England in East Anglia.

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Suffolk was originally divided into four separate Quarter Sessions divisions.

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Villages and towns in Suffolk are renowned for historic pink-washed halls and cottages, which has become known far and wide as "Suffolk Pink".

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County landmarks that are painted Suffolk Pink include the cottages in front of St Mary's Church in the village of Cavendish.

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Suffolk is home to nature reserves, such as the RSPB site at Minsmere, and Trimley Marshes, a wetland under the protection of Suffolk Wildlife Trust.

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Use of the term 'Silly Suffolk' can be dated to 1819 with its origins probably being older.

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Suffolk has a comprehensive education system with fourteen independent schools.

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University of Suffolk was, prior to August 2016, known as University Campus Suffolk.

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Until then Suffolk was one of only four counties in England which did not have a university campus.

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The University of Suffolk was granted Taught Degree Awarding Powers by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education in November 2015, and in May 2016 it was awarded University status by the Privy Council and renamed The University of Suffolk on 1 August 2016.

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The next highest ranked teams in Suffolk are Leiston and Needham Market, who both participate in the Southern League Premier Division Central, the seventh tier of English football.

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Novels set in Suffolk include parts of David Copperfield by Charles Dickens, The Fourth Protocol, by Frederick Forsyth, Unnatural Causes by P D James, Dodie Smith's The Hundred and One Dalmatians, The Rings of Saturn by W G Sebald, and among Arthur Ransome's children's books, We Didn't Mean to Go to Sea, Coot Club and Secret Water take place in part in the county.

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Richard Curtis and Danny Boyle's 2019 romantic comedy Yesterday was filmed throughout Suffolk, using Halesworth, Dunwich, Shingle Street and Latitude Festival as locations.

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Significant ecclesiastical figures from Suffolk include Simon Sudbury, a former archbishop of Canterbury; former Lord High Chancellor Cardinal Thomas Wolsey hailed from Ipswich; and author, poet and Benedictine monk John Lydgate.

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Suffolk is said to have chosen his pen name from Suffolk's River Orwell.

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