My Suffolk - Paul Taylor

Paul Taylor moved to Suffolk almost two years ago as Headmaster of Framlingham College. Anne Gould talks to him about discovering the county

Where do you live?

We live on site and are probably blessed with one of the best views in Suffolk. Our garden is just above The Mere and we look directly across to Framlingham Castle. It doesn’t matter what sort of a day you’ve had when you’ve got a view like that.

How did you get to know Suffolk?

Before we moved here we used to holiday in Orford every year. We’d rent a house with great friends of ours in the centre of the village. I love the sense of freedom there you can let your children out on bicycles to cycle around and explore. It’s a place with a great sense of soul and integrity.

Where do you go now that Orford is close by?

We still enjoy going to Orford and seeing our friends who still come to stay.  I also go on four-day walking holidays with friends every year, we’ve done various long distance walks and our next plan is to do the Suffolk Coastal path. These walking holidays are wonderfully energetic and civilised because you can enjoy great conversation and solitude.

 If you had to show people around Suffolk who had never been here before where would you take them?

 Well we’d have to take them to The Castle and to Walberswick - I love the simplicity of the village and Snape Maltings. We love it here, the space and light is very striking and uplifting. Where do you like to walk? We’ve got a dog Molly and we take her on walks mostly from our front door, by The Mere for either 15 minutes or two hours. We also like walking around Brandeston, where our prep school is.

You used to be a professional cricket player - do you still play?

I used to play for Surrey but I should probably stop playing cricket now and take up golf. I’ll be playing for a team called Quilivets in our cricket week in the first week of summer but I’m not as fast as I should be. I enjoy playing golf, we’ve got a course here and I’ve played at Crettingham but I’m not a member of a club.

Have you got any other hobbies?

I like live music and have very eclectic tastes that include jazz and modern music. I’ve enjoyed jazz at Aldeburgh Festival and a very talented Framlingham musician Ed Sheeran, who I saw at Norwich.

As a newcomer what do you think about the county?

It’s got a fantastic feel - it’s got a great sense of place about Suffolk. People have chosen to live here or they have chosen not to leave. It’s a deeply creative county and that’s down to the diversity and energy of the people. It’s definitely not “Sleepy Suffolk”.

Where do like to eat out?

Locally we pop out to The Station in Framlingham. If we go further afield it’s to The Anchor at Walberswick but we are still discovering places. We also like the Queen’s Head at Brandeston.

What about shopping?

We’ve got a fantastic new butcher back in Framlingham and as I really enjoy good meat we’ve shopped there several times. There’s also a great delicatessen next door and of course there’s a great market here on Saturdays. I think it is important to shop locally. It ensures a thriving town – the Royal Wedding Day was amazing – there were 3,000 people in the town celebrating, it was really special, a real sense of community.

 Adnam’s or Greene King?

My answer is actually Earl Soham. I like all the Suffolk beers but I think a pint of Earl Soham’s Victoria is my choice.