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    Southwold Pier

    by datapanik Updated Oct 19, 2014

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    Southwold's original pier dates from 1900 though it sustained damage during WWII then two episodes of further damage caused by storms. Rebuilding work was completed in 2001 and it was awarded Pier of the Year in 2002. The pier has a quirky assortment of amusement machines.

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    The Sailors Reading Room

    by datapanik Updated Oct 19, 2014

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    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)

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    St.Edmund’s Church

    by datapanik Updated Oct 19, 2014

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    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 13th century church. Inside is a beautiful painted rood screen dating from about 1500. St.Edmund was the last King of East Anglia and a Christian Martyr.

    The large and atmospheric churchyard contains the gravestones of many former Southwold residents.

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    Southwold Pier

    by suvanki Written Aug 16, 2011

    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.....

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    The graveyard at Walberswick

    by uglyscot Updated Jan 16, 2008

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    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.

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    The ruins of the old church at Walberswick

    by uglyscot Written Dec 2, 2006

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    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.

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    Little Britain at Southwold

    by black-saturn Written Apr 30, 2006

    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.

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    Southwold shopping

    by black-saturn Written Apr 30, 2006

    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.

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    Southwold Pier

    by black-saturn Written Apr 30, 2006

    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.

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    Southwold Pier

    by black-saturn Written Apr 30, 2006

    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.

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    The beach huts of Southwold

    by datapanik Updated Aug 14, 2003

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    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.

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    The Lighthouse

    by datapanik Updated Aug 13, 2003

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    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...

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    Gun Hill cannons

    by datapanik Written Oct 19, 2014

    The six eighteen pound cannons looking out to sea on Gun Hill are said to have been given to the town by the Royal Armouries in 1746.

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    Smell the hops!

    by joanj Updated Nov 17, 2005

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    When you approach the Adnam's Brewery you can immediately smell the beer process. I will try to find more info soon.*

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