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Places
Our favourite
Picture
postcard
villages
County Upper School teacher and photographer Mark Staples picks out some of the best in West and Mid Suffolk and adds words to his striking images
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Monks Eleigh
Despite the two monks on its village sign, the pretty village of Monks Eleigh has never actually had a monastery. Its name stems from the monks of Canterbury, who owned much of the property in the village until the dissolution of the monasteries. The monks are said to have provided a priest for the village Church of St Peter and it is likely that they contributed financially to the construction of the beautiful church we see there today.
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The streets here are lined with pretty, colourful cottages. Many are thatched or half-timbered and at the height of the wool trade in medieval times, they were occupied by weaver families. At the top of the village sits St Mary’s Church, a beautiful building of stone and flint with an impressive tower.
























































































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