Southwold in Suffolk is probably the best known resort
on the coast of Suffolk, with its often photographed
white light house and famous colourful beach huts.
Its a place that still manages to retains its
oldie worldy charm with the main part of the towns
nestling around the large medieval church of St.
Edmunds. Georgian buildings with both Dutch and
Flemish influence line the high street and there is a
petite market place, with a market held every Monday and
Southwold has a bevy of interesting shops and lots of
place to eat drink and stay. A lovely solid promenade
butts up against the award winning beach complete with a
traditional pier. From the attractive harbour, which is
about half a mile away from the town centre, a small
ferry service operates (weather conditions allowing)
with regular trips over to the picturesque small village
Southwold has a museum and there is a curious sailors
reading room on the cliffs which is decked out in a
nautical theme with model ships, prints of old seafarers
Southwold has a mix of period houses and cottages many
painted in the old Suffolk colours of pink and pale
blue. Since the 16th century the town has had its own
brewery, the present one Adams located in East Green.
Learn more about one of Southwold's
earlier Brewsters 'Ale Wife
Johanna de Corby' who used to brew at The Swan Inn
(now known as The Swan Hotel) back in 1345.
In 1659 a fire destroyed much of the town, when
rebuilding was undertaken it was decided to interspersed
the town with 'greens' using them as fire breaks. This
has resulted in attractive feature of the town. It is
said that some of the ruins of the old properties
destroyed in the fire can still be found in these
The distinctive white lighthouse dates from 1890 and
with its 100 foot tall tower can be seen from most parts
of the town. It was originally powered by paraffin, then
converted to electricity in 1938.
Perched on cliffs, the town is almost an island as its
surrounded by the River Blythe, the North Sea and Buss
Creek. Row upon row of candy coloured beach huts, line
the seashore many of which, have belonged to the same
family for years. It has been reported in the national
news that the cost of some of these beach huts have
exceeded the price of a local family home.
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'Southwold Jack' lives inside the church of St.
Edmunds. He dates from the 15th century and is a
mechanical figure of an armoured foot soldier made of
oak. In his hand he holds an axe which he uses to strike
The battle of 'Solebay' was fought in May 1672 just
offshore between the combined British and French fleet
and the Dutch fleet. The Duke of York, brother of
Charles II was the admiral of the English fleet and took
up residence in an early Elizabethan House in the High
Street 'Sutherland House'.
Gun Hill are impressive eighteen pound
cannons said to have been presented to the town during
the reign of George II.
can trace its history back to
Saxon times and is mentioned in the Doomsday book as a
prosperous fishing port catching mainly herring.