This pier is now (following an extensive renovation) one of Britains finest piers!
It was built in 1900, when it extended for a distance of 810 feet (250 m) and ended with a T-shaped end. It was built as a landing stage for steamers that travelled from London Bridge - Many holiday makers travelled to Southwold by sea until roadworks provided an alternative way to get here!
Gales (1934), WW2 and a further storm in 1979 led to a shortening of the piers length and a change in its original design.
To be continued.....
The graveyard is reasonably well maintained and there are some interesting graves near the ruins. Inside the church are some grave-slabs in the aisles between the pews.
As usual I didn 't find any family graves; but I do know some ancestors married inside the church.
The ruins of the old church show that it was quite large. Parts of the walls are unsafe and there are warnings not to go near, but walking round the outside of the building you can see quite a lot of its former layout.
In the opening credits of Little Britain it shows them riding a unicycle dressed at ladies along a seafront. This is Southwold Seafront. There is also a sketch in a cafe which is one of the cafes in Southwold.
In Southwold you won't find any designer shops or large chain stores. All the shops are quaint little shops selling unusual items and curiosities. There are also a few famous people owning houses here to keep your eyes peeled for Johnny Depp, Caroline Quentin and The Kaiser Chiefs to name a few.
Southwold Pier is a lovely place where there are gift shops, a cafe and a hilarious collection of unusual gaming machines such as walk the dog, go on an underwater journey, lying down work out and much more.
On Southwold Pier there is an 'Under The Pier Show' with unusual gaming machines all built by Tim Hunkin. There you can watch an eclipse, go underwater, have a work out while lying down, walk the dog and much more. Hilarious.
The Parish Church is a magnificent building with an imposing tower which is 100ft high. It dates back to 1460 though is actually built on the site of an even older church (1200). Inside is a beautiful painted screen dating from about 1500. St.Edmund was the last King of East Anglia and a Christian Martyr.
The large and atmospheric churchyard contains many gravestones of former Southwold residents.
Southwold has been described as the beach hut capital of the UK. Take a stroll along the seafront and admire the rows of colourful and well-kept beach huts. Like to buy one? These can change hands at prices starting from £8,000 going up to £40,000 though, in fact, they are so highly prized that they rarely become available.
Originally founded to provide a place of refuge and recreation for sailors in the Victorian era, today The Sailor’s Reading Room gives a fascinating insight into Southwold’s maritime history. Inside are many items of maritime memorabilia in the form of photographs, model ships, newspaper cuttings and ship’s notices.
Opening hours are 9.00 - 5.00pm and admission is free (donations welcomed)
Southwold’s lighthouse, built in 1890, is a towering and impressive landmark. It is open for visiting on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays between 2-4.30 pm from April through till October.
Unfortunately I didn’t have time to go up though I’m sure the views must be spectacular. Next time...
When you approach the Adnam's Brewery you can immediately smell the beer process. I will try to find more info soon.*
Southwold's pier has been restored and recently re-opened. It had previously been in a dilapidated state after been damaged during WWII.