is a small town
on the north bank of the River Stour
. It is 14 miles from Bury St Edmunds
and 9 miles from Sudbury
. It lies in the . As a cloth town, it is one of . Clare is the current holder of . It has a cultural exchange relationship with Chatillon-sur-Indre
. Clare and its vicinity reveals evidence of man's long habitation throughout prehistory. The historical record demonstrates a community which changes and yet persists across centuries, from the Norman Conquest
through religious strife, agricultural upheaval and industrial revolution
to the present day.
The town will host one of the very first free schools
established by the current government, the .
As part of the Heritage Lottery Funded scheme, in April and May 2011 (ACA) gave residents, school pupils and members of the public the chance to carry out their own small archaeological 'test pit' excavations throughout Clare to find out how the town developed over hundreds - even thousands - of years in the past. Early results indicate the presence of Saxon pottery across many sites - the first evidence of Clare's importance before the Normans.
This area of the country was formed during the Tertiary
period, containing some of the youngest rock in the British Isles. Like the vast majority of Suffolk, the surface 'rock' is the very fertile boulder clay
or clay loam, lying on top of layers of chalk. The landscape surrounding the Stour Valley
is the result of the joint effects of past... Read More