the little town of Clare in Suffolk
lots of old buildings,
and some with decorative plaster-work
This extravagant example
is partly a museum,
partly a holiday let.
It has a scattering of small shops,
An interesting display
of old bottles.
A fine old church,
built during the town's boom period,
when wool ruled everything.
Nowadays the tourist rules,
though it's still a busy little town.
The Swan pub.
Set in the wall above the pub door
is a mighty oak beam
with a carved swan and other symbols
It's thought to be the oldest pub sign
And there are still some workaday establishments,
the kind that have largely disappeared elsewhere.
And a huge ancient man-made mound,
with the remains of a castle on top.
You can shop for antiques
if that's your thing,
or sit in the sun