Sudbury Area Guide


Sudbury’s history dates back into the age of the Saxons and the town is also mentioned in the Doomsday Book of 1086, as a market town. A community of Dominicans arrived in the mid-13th century and gradually extended the size of their priory, which was one of three Dominican priories in the county of Suffolk. Sudbury was one of the first towns in which Edward III settled the Flemings, allowing the weaving and silk industries to prosper for centuries during the Late Middle Ages. During the 18th century Sudbury became famous for its local artists. John Constable painted in the area, especially the River Stour. Painter Thomas Gainsborough was born in Sudbury in 1727, and was educated at Sudbury Grammar School. His birthplace, now named Gainsborough's House, is a museum to his work and is open to the public. During World War II, an American squadron of B-24 Liberator bombers of the 834th Squadron (H), 486th Bomb Group (H), 8th Air Force was based at RAF Sudbury. This squadron performed many important bombing and photographic missions during the war, but is perhaps best known as the "Zodiac Squadron", as its bombers were decorated with colourful images of the twelve signs of the zodiac painted by a professional artist named Phil Brinkman, who was taken into the squadron by its commander, Capt. Howell, specifically for the purpose of painting the bombers. Now most of the airfield buildings have been demolished, including the control tower. Sections of perimeter track, aircraft hard stand areas, and two narrow crossing lengths of former runways, provide footpaths between Chilton, Newmans Green, and Great Waldingfield.


Set in the heart of the Stour Valley, an area of outstanding natural beauty, the market town of Sudbury is an ideal centre for both business and pleasure trips to East Anglia. Sudbury is an ancient market town dating back to Saxon times. The ever improving road network, a rail link with Colchester to London and many cultural and sporting facilities, fine inns and hotels, makes Sudbury an excellent place to live. Sudbury has been used for television locations, most significantly for BBC's Lovejoy. It is surrounded by the attractive countryside so often painted by Constable and Gainsborough and by quintessentially English villages. It is an ideal base for people who enjoy walking.

Property profile

Sudbury hosts a diverse array of properties from entry level to high end, enabling the area to meet the needs of many home owners and tenants. Sudbury is an exciting place for new builds with lots of new estates being developed by both local and national builders to cater for the growing housing market in the town and surrounding areas.

Buying power

Sudbury has a varied sales market from one bedroom flats, to bungalows to high end properties all continuing to be popular. Sudbury continues to remain popular with all levels of buyers with it links to mainline train stations and the appeal of a quiet market village.

Renting power

Sudbury has a strong rental market that is growing year upon year, with the family homes being the most popular of properties rented by tenants making Sudbury idea for families. Average rent for a three bedroom house ranged from £750 to £900pcm depending on area and condition.

Useful links

The Best of Sudbury

Sudbury Town Council

Babergh District Council

Suffolk County Council

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