Clare is a market town on the north bank of the River Stour in Suffolk, England. Clare is 14 miles from Bury St Edmunds and 9 miles from Sudbury. It lies in the "South and Heart of Suffolk". As a cloth town, it is one of Suffolk's "threads". Clare won Village of the Year in 2010 and Anglia in Bloom award for Best Large Village 2011 for its floral displays in 2011. In March 2015, The Sunday Times and Zoopla placed Clare amongst the top 50 UK rural locations, having "period properties and rich history without the chocolate-box perfection – and the coach trips".
Clare and its vicinity reveals evidence of man's long habitation throughout prehistory. The historical record demonstrates a community which changes and yet persists across centuries, from the Norman Conquest through religious strife, agricultural upheaval and industrial revolution to the present day.
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