King of East Anglia Edmund, in power since c855, is killed by Viking invaders after refusing to renounce his Christian faith.
Thomas Wolsey is born in Ipswich. He will rise to become Henry VIII’s chief minister, Archbishop of York and a cardinal.
Thomas Nashe is baptised in Lowestoft. His picaresque novel The Unfortunate Traveller is first published in 1594.
The first recorded race takes place at Newmarket, a match between horses owned by Lord Salisbury and the Marquess of Buckingham.
Convicted horse-thief Margaret Catchpole escapes from Ipswich Gaol using a clothesline. She will eventually be recaptured and transported to Australia.