Suffolk is most commonly known for its beautiful countryside and ancient history, but did you know that it also has been home to many hugely famous faces? Here Windmill Lodges gives you a look into the early lives of many superstars, where many of them grew up in the towns and villages of Suffolk. Windmill Lodges’ luxury log cabins in Suffolk fit perfectly with its superstar residents, so book a fabulous holiday away with us and treat yourself.
June Brown, or Dot Cotton from EastEnders as she’s otherwise known, was born in Needham Market in 1927 and was educated in Ipswich throughout her childhood. She first went to Miss Daisy’s in 1930, when she was just three years old, before moving to St John’s Church of England School. She then enrolled in Ipswich High School for Girls where she received a scholarship.
Archie Leach, or Cary Grant as he’s most famously known, ran away at a young age to join an acrobatic troupe in Ipswich called the Pender Troupe. He was the youngest member of the group at just 13 years old.
Bill Nighy, the hugely successful actor, has a house in Aldeburgh and is often seen at Aldeburgh’s famous end of summer festival. Bill Nighy is known for his range of roles, from Davy Jones in Pirates of the Caribbean, to Rufus Scrimgeour in Harry Potter.
Celebrity chef Delia Smith married her husband Michael Wynn Jones at Stowmarket in 1971 and still lives in the area. She and her husband also have investments in Norwich City Football Club which they strongly support.
World famous model Twiggy lives in Southwold, and it was here that she was first found by M&S to feature in their adverts while she was relaxing at her local pub after a long walk on the beach with her husband. Dressed in a woolly hat and anorak and far from her usual glamorous self, she still caught the eye of the Executive Marketing Director for Marks and Spencer.
Ed Sheeran was born in Hebden Bridge, but moved to Framlingham as a child where he attended Thomas Mills High School. He played at a number of small venues to try and get noticed, such as the Steamboat Tavern in Ipswich, before he rose to fame. Ed still visits Suffolk regularly, and recently passed his driving test at the Ipswich driving test centre on Ransomes Europark. Ed also frequently stops over in Framlingham, just 2 miles from our luxury log cabins, and is often found shopping in the co-op, or enjoying a pint at The Station!
Anne Boleyn’s aunt and uncle lived in Erwarton, and she often travelled down from her birthplace of Blickling to visit them while growing up. She even visited it once with Henry VIII. She was buried at the Tower of London after she was beheaded, however it was rumoured that her heart was buried at Erwarton. In 1838 work was done on the church and a heart shaped casket was found filled with dust which was believed to be the remains of her heart.
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