Living in Suffolk
Suffolk is ‘Constable Country’. It is bordered to the East by the North Sea. On its landward borders are Norfolk to the North, Cambridgeshire to the East and Essex to the South. A new home in Suffolk will put you in the heart of landscapes made famous in paintings such as The Hay Wain and Flatford Mill.
A low-lying county, Suffolk has the wetlands of the Broads in its northern part and is, for the most part, an arable county. The largest settlements by population are Ipswich, Lowestoft, Bury St Edmunds, Haverhill,
Felixstowe and Newmarket. There are also several smaller market towns including Beccles and Sudbury, as well as picturesque villages and seaside towns like Southwold and Aldeburgh.
House prices in Suffolk*
The price range of new homes in Suffolk will suit most budgets. There are some exciting new developments planned for the county including a new scheme in Beccles, which is currently at the planning stage.
The average price of a house in Suffolk is around £290,000. A detached house in Suffolk will set you back around £268,000 while a semi-detached property will cost about £238,000, on average. The average price for terraced houses in Suffolk is around £202,000.
House prices vary between town and country. In Ipswich, where the bulk of the population lives, the average price of a house is around £230,000, while in more desirable market towns like Beccles the average house price is circa £264,000.
*Housing marketing statistics taken from Zoopla in April 2018.
Things to do and see in Suffolk
Suffolk is a scenic county and a great place to look for a new home in the East of England.
If you have a passion for music and the arts, you will be well-catered for in Suffolk. The annual Aldeburgh Festival, founded in 1948 by composer Benjamin Britten, takes place in Snape Maltings, while the popular Latitude Festival is hosted at Henham Park each year.
There is Championship football on offer in Ipswich, and the town is also home to Ipswich Witches Speedway team which rides at the Foxhall Stadium.
The Suffolk town of Newmarket is the headquarters of British Horse Racing. The town has two racecourses; The Rowley Mile and The July Course. Tattersalls bloodstock auctioneers and the National Horse Racing Museum are also in the town.
If you enjoy getting outdoors and looking at wildlife, there are several RSPB reserves in Suffolk including Minsmere and Trimley Marshes. The Suffolk Broads also offer plenty of opportunities for angling, birdwatching and boating. Thetford Forest, the largest man-made forest in lowland Britain, has a wealth of outdoor activities to enjoy.
Suffolk also boasts some picturesque coastal towns and villages including Aldeburgh, Felixstowe, Kessingland, Lowestoft, Orford, Southwold and Walberswick.
Transport in Suffolk
The major arterial route in Suffolk is the A14 which connects the UK’s largest container port at Felixstowe with the Midlands and major routes to the North and South of England. The other trunk roads in the county are the A11 and the A12, which link the major towns and villages with cities such as Cambridge and Norwich in adjacent counties.
Train company Greater Anglia runs rail services throughout the county, linking Ipswich, Lowestoft and Felixstowe with London Liverpool Street. A typical journey from Ipswich to London takes approximately 70 minutes.
Regular bus services operating throughout the county connect the major towns with smaller market towns and villages in the rest of the county.
Education in Suffolk
Families looking for a new home in Suffolk have plenty of education options for primary, secondary, further and higher education from which to choose. Both the state comprehensive and independent sectors are well catered for in the county. The University of Suffolk has campuses in various towns. It is also close to the University of East Anglia in Norwich and the University of Essex in Colchester.
Health services and amenities in Suffolk
Two clinical commissioning groups, Ipswich & East Suffolk and West Suffolk, are responsible for delivering healthcare in the county.
Health services include 66 GP practices in Suffolk. Acute care is provided by the West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust and the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust. The major hospitals are in Aldeburgh, Ipswich, and Lowestoft. Public health, as measured by Health England’s criteria of deprivation, homelessness and unemployment is better than average when compared to the rest of the UK.
Suffolk police cover 18 neighbourhoods with 28 police stations across the county. In line with national trends, crime rates are falling in Suffolk according to the latest figures from the police. There were 4,479 reported crimes in February 2018, down from 4,900 in January and part of a trend of declining crime rates.
A brief history of Suffolk
Historic settlement in Suffolk was dominated by the Angles who came in by sea in the 5th century. Suffolk then became part of the Kingdom of East Anglia before merging with the kingdoms of Mercia and Wessex. Several important archaeological finds have been made in the county, most famously the long boat burial at Sutton Hoo in the East of the county.
Suffolk became part of the Danelaw, a move ratified by the Treaty of Wedmore, after suffering badly from Danish incursions along the coast.
During the Wars of the Roses Suffolk supported the House of York and was for the most part Parliamentarian during the English Civil War but it took little part in either conflict. However, in the Battle of Lowestoft in 1643 local gentry looked to seize the port but were quickly put down by Cromwell’s forces and taken as prisoners to Cambridge.
Mainly an arable agricultural county Suffolk also had large North Sea fishing fleets at Felixstowe and Lowestoft. Weaving was a significant industry in the county between the 14th and 17th centuries. From the 18th century other cloth manufacturing industries moved into the county from London and in the 19th century an important china factory was established in Lowestoft.
The modern economy of Suffolk is still dominated by agriculture. Brewing and food manufacturing are both important industries in the county, providing a range of employment opportunities for anyone considering a new home in Suffolk. Other important industries include nuclear power, horse racing and logistics.
Current developments in Suffolk
Larkfleet Homes developments of new homes in Suffolk: