Pope Greogry I (c.540-604) on seeing English slaves in Rome: "Non Angli, sed angeli", then sent St Augustine of Canterbury to convert the pagan Anglo-Saxons

Rædwald (c.560-c.624) — c.599: King of the East Angles; c.616: Bretwalda ("wide ruler" or "Britain ruler"); most likely occupant of Sutton Hoo (NT) burial ship

St Edmund the Martyr (c.841-869) — The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle claims he was King of the East Angles; martyred by Danish Great Heathen Army; inspired our flag

Cardinal Thomas Wolsey (1473-1530) — as Henry VIII's Chief Minister, opposed the King's divorce from Catherine of Aragon; builder of Hampton Court

Bartholomew Gosnold (1571-1607) — privateer, "prime mover of the colonization of Virginia"; named Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard; founded Jamestown

William Dowsing (1596–1668) — b. Laxfield; 1643/44: Puritan "Commissioner for the destruction of monuments of idolatry and superstition" in the Civil War

Matthew Hopkins (c.1620-1647) — 1644-47: The "Witch Hunter Generall" during the English Civil War, commemorated at Aldeburgh Museum

Thomas Gainsborough FRSA (1727-1788) — late C18th portraitist, but also originated the British landscape school; founding member of the Royal Academy

John Frere FRS FSA (1740-1807) — "who from his [Old Stone Age] discoveries at Hoxne was the first to realise the immense antiquity of mankind"

George Crabbe (1754-1832) — poet: The Village and The Borough (source of Peter Grimes) ; clergyman in Parham, Gt Glemham and Rendham

Vice Admiral Horation Nelson (1758-1805) — born in Burnham Thorpe (Norfolk); killed during his final Napoleonic Wars victory at the Battle of Trafalgar

Thomas Clarkson (1760-1846) — researched and campaigned against slavery; recruited William Wilberforce; main speaker at first World Anti-Slavery Convention

John Constable RA (1776-1837) — known principally for his landscape paintings of Dedham Vale, now known as the "Constable Country"

Edward FitzGerald (1809-1883) — translator of The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám; buried at Boulge Church

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson (1836-1917) — first woman to openly gain a medical qualification in Britain; created a medical school; first woman mayor in England

Millicent Garrett Fawcett (1847-1929) — suffragist leader of the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies; only female statue in Parliament Square

Flora Sandes (1876–1956) — the only British woman officially to serve as a soldier in WWI, as an officer of the Royal Serbian Army

Sir Alfred James Munnings, KCVO, PRA (1878–1959) — b. Mendham; best known for his equine painting; president of the Royal Academy; d. Dedham

Arthur Ransome (1884-1967) — author of Swallows and Amazons  book series including We didn't mean to go to Sea, connected with Pin Mill on the Orwell

George Orwell (1903-1950) — author of Nineteen EIghty-Four and Animal Farm, lived in Southwold and commemorated in a mural at the pier there

Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) — Peter Grimes  and The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra ; founded Aldeburgh Festival, then Snape Maltings concert hall

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Roger Bigod, 2nd Earl of Norfolk (1143-1221) — builder of Framlingham Castle, and a leading baron forcing King John's assent to Magna Carta

Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk (1473-1554) — uncle of Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard (both beheaded); lucky to avoid execution too under Henry VIII

"Bloody" Mary I (1516-1558) — daughter of Catherine of Aragon; 1553: declared Queen at Framlingham to oust Lady Jane Grey; oversaw the Counter-Reformation

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