A visitors guide to the Suffolk town of
Southwold, 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 Thursday.
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 of Walberswick
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 and figureheads.
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 greens.
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
'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
Gun Hill are impressive
eighteen pound cannons said to
have been presented to the town during the reign of George II.
trace its history back to Saxon times
and is mentioned in the Doomsday book as a prosperous fishing port
catching mainly herring.