Set in the heart of the Stour Valley, Sudbury is an ancient market town situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty. During the late Middle Ages, the town was a centre for the weaving and silk industries, the wealth of which led to many great houses and churches being built, giving the town a major historical legacy. Sudbury became notable for its art in the eighteenth century, being the birthplace of Thomas Gainsborough and the inspiration of John Constable.
The nearby settlements of Long Melford and Lavenham are also noted for their spectacular churches and are popular destinations for day-trippers. Sudbury, Long Melford and Lavenham Through Time explores the history and beauty of this scenic area, showcasing how it has developed over the years.
Kate J. Cole has a Master of Studies in local and regional history from Cambridge University, a Bachelor of Arts in history, and an Advanced Diploma in local history from Oxford University. She is currently writing about the local history of Essex and East Anglia on her own blog. She has written many local history books on the Essex area for Amberley.