Visit Eye and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Eye, Suffolk. On the mound overlooking this pleasant little town there stood the castle first built by the Malets, a leading Norman baronial family. It is the noble church of SS. Peter and Paul which attracts the visitor today. Its west tower, late 15th-century, just over 100 ft high, is panelled in Suffolk flushwork from ground to parapet and the south porch has, like the tower, the arms of the de la Pole family incorporated in the structure. No less important is the elaborate rood-screen which has been finely restored last century by Sir Ninian Comper, who was also responsible for the font-cover. The paintings in the lower panels portray the saints and some of our kings.
North of the church is the Guildhall, a timber-framed building of the early 16th century. On one of the angle-posts is a carving of the Archangel Gabriel. Further on, the Tudor House leads to the ruins of the castle and on the opposite side of Castle Street, Stayer House, with timber-framed back and a Georgian front, and Stanley House, with its Georgian doorway and some timber framing, are appealing examples of domestic architecture.
Linden House in Lambseth Street is c. 1750 and There are two cottages which have, like the Guildhall, carved animals on the sills of some oriel windows.
The artist William Hoare was born in Eye, and was one of the first Members of the Royal Academy, being elected in their second year (l769) at the age of 63. Like his greater contemporary Gainsborough he left his native Suffolk for the fashionable town of Bath, where he died in 1792.
Nearby towns: Diss, Bury St Edmunds, Framlingham, Harleston, Stowmarket
Nearby villages: Bedfield, Bedingfield, Bressingham, Brockdish, Brome, Brome Street, Debenham, Gislingham, Horham, Hoxne, Mellis, Mendlesham, Needham, Occold, Rishangles, Roydon, Scole, Stuston, Thorndon, Thornham Magna, Thornham Parva, Wetheringsett, Wortham, Yaxley
Have you decided to visit Eye or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Eye bed and breakfast (a Eye B&B or Eye b and b)
- a Eye guesthouse
- a Eye hotel (or motel)
- a Eye self-catering establishment, or
- other Eye accommodation