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Step into history with a walk in Sudbury

PUBLISHED: 15:49 15 January 2019

Sudbury town centre. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Sudbury town centre. Picture: GREGG BROWN

History lovers can join in a guided walk around Sudbury this weekend.

Organised by Sudbury Tourist Information, it will finish at St Gregory’s Church and culminate with a viewing of Simon’s Head - which once sat on the shoulders of Simon Theobald, an Archbishop of Canterbury.

Simon was born in Sudbury sometime around 1317 and was known as a kind and devoted man who rose to become Archbishop in 1375.

Richard II made him Lord Chancellor in 1380 and ordered him to find ways of raising money to pay for war in France.

Simon devised a poll tax which proved so unpopular it sparked the Peasant’s Revolt of 1381, led by Wat Tyler. His mob seized Simon in London and he was beheaded on Tower Hill.

Simon’s body was later buried with great ceremony in Canterbury but his head was taken to the town of his birth, where in 2011 it was recreated using state-of-the-art reconstruction techniques.

Anybody interested in taking part in the walk should be at Sudbury Library at 11am. Pre-booking is recommended. The cost is adults £6, children £4.

For more details the Tourist Information Office on 01787 881320 or email sudburytic@sudburytowncouncil.co.uk

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