and Landscape Painting
along the Gainsborough Line
beautiful steam trains, traverse ancient orchards and find
out how a dragon or alligator found its way
to an East Anglian village! Well hear about local life
and legend in the landscape that inspired one of Englands
most influential painters. Its all to be discovered
along Greater Anglias Gainsborough Line.
Gainsborough Line may be the shortest line in our series,
but its history is long! We begin our adventure crossing a
magnificent viaduct and one of the largest brick-build
structures in England.
minutes outside Marks Tey at Chappel and Wakes Colne lies
the East Anglian Railway Museum. Engineer and fix-it fan Peter
gives us an incredible insight into the work he and his colleagues
do to restore and revive the majestic history of rail travel
and trade. With engines dating from the birth of steam to
our recent past we hear how experts are getting hands on with
the nuts and bolts of rail and giving us a fun family day
out in the process!
stop off at Bures where the River Stour forms the boundary
of Essex and Suffolk. Gill is a local parish councillor and
guides us from the beautiful station garden in full bloom,
through this picturesque and historic village. She shares
its claim to the crowning of King Edmund the last East
Anglian King as well as a bizarre tale about a dragon,
which you might still spot today! She also points out snapshots
of Tudor architecture that tell of life here through the ages.
and do you know what Pickleball is? You heard it here first!
final stop on the Gainsborough Line is Sudbury and home to
Gainsboroughs House. This museum is currently being
redeveloped to include a major arts hub and was the birthplace
and home of this English Landscape Master. We speak to Museum
Director Mark and find out about the life and local inspirations
of the painter before taking a watery and wonderful walk in
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