Talbot Trail Sudbury

Outside our church there are two red posts,
they each  have a bronze statue on top,
hey are numbered 13 and 12.

If you are visiting us today in Sudbury why not investigate the Talbot trail?

Around Sudbury there are 14 red posts in total, all depicting an aspect of the past in this area.  For your guidance we list them for you.  Seeing all the 14 posts would mean that you have completed the Talbot Trail.

Maps and more information may be obtained from the Sudbury Tourist Office situated behind the Town Hall in Gaol Lane that is on part of the trail.

POST 13:

Simon of Sudbury © T5Cambridge

Simon of Sudbury © T5Cambridge

Starting from our church the first red post that you will find is post 13, it is Simon of Sudbury,  he became Archbishop of Canterbury and Chancellor of the Exchequer, he used his wealth to establish a priests school in Sudbury more information about Simon is to be found in our History Pages and his head can be viewed in the church by appointment with a member of our team.

POST 12:

The peasants Revolt © T5Cambridge

The Peasants' Revolt © T5Cambridge

Just a little walk to the north and to the left of Gainsborough Road, the next post represents the Peasants Revolt.  In the Peasants revolt Simon of Sudbury was decapitated by an angry mob for the Poll Tax he introduced.

POST 14:

William Kemps Jig © T5Cambridge

William Kemp's Jig © T5Cambridge

A little further along Gainsborough Road and looking on your right you will see post number 14.  Titled Will Kemp's Jig. William Kemp who famously danced from London to Norwich in 1599 found a dancing partner in a Sudbury milkmaid who danced with him as far as Long Melford.


101 Dalmations © T5Cambridge

101 Dalmatians © T5Cambridge

Walking along to the end of North Street towards St. Peters Church and turn right will bring you to post 2 titled 101 Dalmatians, it is the site where a scene from the film 101 Dalmatians was made. The bronze of the the talbot breed of hunting dog is now extinct however it was the dog of Simon of Sudbury that is now incorporated into the coat of arms for Sudbury, the closest ancestor is possibly the beagle.


The Town Gaol © T5Cambridge

The Town Gaol © T5Cambridge

just a little distance along Goal Lane finds our next post titled The Town Gaol as this symbolises the location of the town's jail. Nearby is the Sudbury Tourist Office.


Queen Boudicea © T5Cambridge

Queen Boadicea © T5Cambridge

Walk back and to the left of St. Peters Church to find this post titled Queen Boudicea, it shows Queen Boudicea and is to show that the Trinovantes from Sudbury helped her in her quest to burn Colchester.  Did she pass through Sudbury we don't know for sure however she was close as she picked up her gang.


The Rotten Borough © T5Cambridge

The Rotten Borough © T5Cambridge

Walking back past St Peters Church finds post 4 on the Market Hill this post is titled The Rotten Borough and symbolises the bribery that went on in the towns elections, described in Charles Dicken's Pickwick Papers that were partly written whilst he was a guest at the Angel Hotel in nearby Bury St Edmunds. in or around 1836, the ‘Rotten Borough’ was thought to be inspired by Sudburys long history of electoral and political corruption where,

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