8 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Suffolk

Posted: 12.06.2017
1 - The ‘South folk’

Suffolk and Norfolk get their names from the ‘North folk’ and ‘south folk’ of the Kingdom of East Anglia, formed in the fifth century.

2 - Suffolk is where you will find Britain’s smallest pub

At 15ft by 7ft, the Nutshell pub in Bury St Edmunds is officially Britain’s smallest pub. The record for the most people crammed into the bar of the Nutshell stands at 102. Imagine the wait to get served!


3 - Harry Potter was born in Suffolk…and so was Voldemort

For all you ‘Potterheads’ out there! Lavenham was actually the inspiration for Harry Potter’s fictional birthplace. The magical place also features in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 and Part 2. And it’s not just Harry Potter who was born in Suffolk: the actor who plays Lord Voldemort is Ralph Fiennes, a Suffolk-born actor.

4 - Lowestoft Ness in Suffolk is Britain’s most easterly point.

Suffolk folk are among the first people in the country to greet the sun. Perfect for early birds who want to make the most out of their day!

5 - Ipswich is one of England's oldest towns

Something obvious to any visitor the moment they enter the centre, it fell to the Vikings in 869.

6 - Ed Sheeran was raised in Framlingham.

‘Sheerios’ were you also aware that his ‘Castle On The Hill’ music video was filmed throughout Suffolk with locations including Framlingham, Boyton marshes, Mildenhall Stadium and Felixstowe. The final shot shows Framlingham Castle which inspired his song.

7 - The Suffolk Coast is the setting for a fair few spooky tales

From Black Shuck, the ghostly dog to a male phantom who is said to run towards people and then vanish into thin air! Suffolk has it fair few spooky tales, which is hardly surprising for a county with so much history, I think I’ll be sleeping with the light on tonight…

8 - Adnams was founded in 1872 in Southwold, Suffolk

Adnams annual production is around 85,000 barrels! And back in 2014 Adnams Longshore Vodka was voted ‘best vodka in the world’ at the International Wine and Spirit Competition 2014 (IWSC), alongside their Adnams award winning gin! Anyone got any tonic?

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