An Overview Of The County Of Suffolk

English etymology is a fascinating thing. In the fifth century, there were numerous kingdoms and kings in England. With Britain being regarded as a barbarian island full of savage warriors, the rest of Europe decided to leave the country well alone once the Roman Empire had retreated and left Britannia to its own fate.

151409_02cd9efaThe Angles took over the Eastern part of England – hence its name, East Anglia. The reason why it was such a prized possession was because it was so fertile and the land was east to till and use for growing crops. Folk is an English word for people and when the Angles divided following a territorial dispute, they split into the folk from the North and the folk from the South. These eventually became the source for the names of the counties: Norfolk and Suffolk. Fascinating stuff indeed.

The Angles were the first to stamp their identity on this part of England, and there have been significant archaeological finds over the years, including a wooden ship burial which contained treasures from that era including ceremonial food receptacles fashioned out of gold and silver, ornate armor and weaponry as well as the ancient musical instrument, the lyre.

But while settled by the Angles, the area has a long history of human presence dating back to the Stone Age, through to the Bronze Age and later, the Iron Age. Suffolk has always had a farming tradition and this continues to this day, with many small farming villages and commercial and local farms making up the landscape. The biggest town in Suffolk is Ipswich which has a population of 180,000 people. It is the historic town and there has been a permanent settlement there since the Roman times.

One of the largest and most busy container ports in the world is also found at Felixstowe, which is in Suffolk.