Gorse can be easily found in the Southwold area of north-east Suffolk where it thrives on the many areas of common and heath. Old gorse bushes can be impressive, growing well above head height. In abundance the distinctive yellow flowers create quite a perfume and brighten even the dullest day. There is an old local saying that 'When the gorse is not flowering then kissing is out of season' - and gorse flowers all year round! The Blyth Valley Suffolk, from Laxfield to Southwold

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The Bulcamp OddityThis unusual structure is set into the embankment on the east side of the A145, just north of the A145/A12 junction near Blythburgh.

Located approximately halfway between Blythburgh and Bulcamp (grid ref: TM450762) it perhaps gives the appearance of an uncomfortable bus shelter. However, as it is believed to date from the mid-1800s the wait for a bus would surely have proved intolerable and may account for the belief that it is haunted.

Another suggestion is that it was indeed a shelter, but for those whose journey to the nearby Bulcamp Workhouse (a 'House of Industry' dating from the 1700s and presently under conversion to housing units) meant that their arrival was after the House had closed for the night. Surely though, this structure is much too small to linger in.

Seating for two, the Bulcamp OddityPerhaps clues to its purpose lie in references to the Tollgate, or Turnpike, Cottages which stood nearby, just down the hill, but on the opposite side of the road. Was the structure in some way associated with the Turnpike road?

Or again, perhaps it should be noted that the land lying behind the structure is named 'Springhill', and, on a walkers' map, this stretch of road is named 'Springhole Lane'. Perhaps the structure marks the site of an ancient spring, now no longer in evidence.

Article by Eileen Heaps, photos by Tim Heaps


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