East of England
The East of England includes the counties of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk. Essex has the highest population. The southern part of the region lies in the London commuter belt.
This area was once known as East Anglia and is still generally known as this although the modern East England encompasses a wider area and more counties.
Although mostly low lying the countryside still has some of the prettiest places in England. The county of Norfolk is a very popular destination due to the Broad’s a system of rivers canals and lakes that are popular for boating and fishing.
For the history buff Boadicea the scourge of the Romans was associated with this area in particular the Town of Colchester.
Many famous people hail from this area such as:
- Benjamin Britten and John Constable were from Suffolk.
- The poet Jane Taylor wrote the words for Twinkle Twinkle Little Star in 1806 in Lavenham, Suffolk.
- Dad's Army was filmed in Thetford.
- The Planets was composed by Gustav Holst when he lived in Thaxted (in north-west Essex) which gave its name to a hymn tune.
- Emneth, near Wisbech, was the home of Rev Wilbert Awdry when he wrote his famous children's books, The Railway Series; he had earlier lived in Elsworth, west of Cambridge.
Activities in East of England
Firstsite - Contemporary Visual Arts Centre
House and Gardens
Hatfield House - Where the city ends and the country begins
Fitzwilliam Museum - The Fitzwilliam Museum
Oliver Cromwells House - Museum Dedicated to Oliver Cromwell
Wicken Fen - Wicken Fen
Colne Valley Railway - More than just a train ride
World War 2 History
Bletchley Park - Home of British Codebreaking
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