Cavendish area guide - Suffolk

The beautiful village of Cavendish is nestled between Clare and Long Melford in the picturesque Stour valley, and provides the opportunity to experience rural England at its best.

What more do you want? Cavendish is not only home to a magnificent 14/15th century church but also boasts a picture perfect green with thatched pink almshouses nestled in front of the striking NormanTower. The past and the present beautifully co-existing and providing a taste of Britain the way it used to be - and the way many people would wish it still was.
Chocolate-box beautiful it may be, but this is no backwater. Throughout the year, the village green comes alive with community events such as vintage car, horticultural and dog shows, fetes and fun days. It also hosts traditional annual events such as maypole dancing and bonfire nights, music, hog roasts and much, much more. Visitors flock to picnic alongside the locals and soak up the atmosphere of this superb example of a quintessential English village.
Until fairly recently, Cavendish was also home to the Head Office of the Sue Ryder Foundation but the building, Devonshire House, has since been converted to a residential home. Sue Ryder started the foundation in 1953 as a dedication to the memory of those who had been killed in the two world wars. Soon after this she opened the first Sue Ryder Home for disabled people and by 1965 she had established 30 homes, in England, Germany, Greece, Poland and Yugoslavia. 

As Europe rebuilt itself after the war, Sue Ryder became a champion for the dispossessed which earned her the title Lady Ryder and her organization has continued to expand world wide.
Even though the head office is no longer here you can visit the Sue Ryder Foundation Museum opened in 1979 by the Queen Mother with exhibitions that include Lady Ryder's war uniforms and a reconstruction of her mother's room. Open every day between 10-5.30pm. 

Nearby Attractions

Clare Ancient House Museum - in the neighbouring village of Clare, a remarkable house dating from the 14th century houses a museum charting the history of the town.

Clare Castle and Country Park - Two minutes outside the town of Clare, this lovely parkland is home to the remains of a 13th century castle, and has walks and a permenant exhibition telling the story of the railway which once had its home there.

Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015