Environment

Culford Park

English Today is set within the grounds of Culford School which is situated in 480 acres of parkland. Culford Hall is one of the buildings located in the parkland and it is an 18th century Grade II listed mansion which can be used for various functions such as weddings and conferences.

In 1541 the parkland belonged to the Crown following the dissolution of the monasteries and it was bought by Sir Christopher Coote.  Subsequently Sir Christopher Bacon, England’s first Chancellor of the Exchequer, owned it and he destroyed the old manor house in 1586 in favour of a new red Tudor brick style house. Through marriages, the estate then passed into the hands of the Cornwallis family and they created the foundations of the mansion that we see today. They remained owners of the estate until 1823 when they sold it to Reverend Richard de Beauvoir. He refurbished St Mary’s Church before selling it onto the 5th Earl of Cadogan in 1889.

By this time, the mansion had doubled in size and the estate covered around 10,000 acres, which enabled the Earl to host many grand shooting parties; one such party was attended by King Edward VII in December 1907. The Earl passed away in 1935 and the estate was bought by the Methodist Board of Education to be the new site of the East Anglian School for Boys. In 1972, the East Anglian School for Girls decided to join the boys, in their location, and it became one of the country’s first co-educational boarding and day schools.

 

Suffolk

Suffolk is one of the counties of East Anglia.  It borders with Norfolk in the North, Cambridgeshire in the West, Essex in the South and the North Sea to the East. Suffolk is a very low lying county with very few hills which make it perfect farming land.

Culford’s nearest town is Bury St Edmunds, which is around 5 miles away. Bury is situated along the A14 with both Norwich and Cambridge roughly 40 minutes away in opposite directions. Looking to the eastern part of the county, the well-known seaside towns of Aldeburgh and Southwold are about an hour away from Bury. Looking towards the capital, Gatwick and Heathrow airports are both under a two and a half hour drive away, also the capital itself is 90 minute drive from Bury using the A11 and M11.