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[ Website ] This area certainly has some wonderful churches. An East Anglian speciality is the Round Tower church. Of the 42 of these in Suffolk several are in this area - for example Bramfield (where the tower is uniquely detached from the church - see www.bramfield.net), at Holton, Frostenden and also at Thorington, to name but a few.
[ Website ] In 1577 the evil dog Black Shuck is said to have terrified the congregation in Holy Trinity Church, Blythburgh, leaving death, destruction and claw marks in its wake. This item collates reports of phantom dogs throughout the UK.
[ Website ] This area of Suffolk has its share of wild deer which can be seen on the fields or in Dunwich Forest. (Watch out for the increasingly common small Muntjac). Deer can though stray onto the roads and lanes with a resulting road traffic accident. This website link goes to an on-going research project which is collecting data nationwide on traffic accidents involving deer. Since the project began in 2003, tens of thousands of incidents have been recorded.
[ Website ] Much has been written about the Southwold Railway, which operated 1879-1929 from Halesworth to Southwold with stations at Wenhaston, Blythburgh and Walberswick. Here, David Lee tells of pre-1879 attempts to establish a rail connection.
[ Website ] The railway operated to Southwold from Halesworth 1879-1929, stopping at stations at Wenhaston, Blythburgh and Walberswick. This is the website for the enthusiastic Southwold Railway Trust, full of lots of information and interest. On-line shop. Their site at Steamworks, Blyth Road, Southwold is open to the public on selected dates.
[ Website ] Dedicated to saving lives at sea and funded almost entirely by donations, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution relies on volunteer crews to man lifeboats and provide a 24 hour service around the coast of the UK and Republic of Ireland. This is their page about the Southwold station (located at Southwold Harbour).
[ Website ] Blythburgh is on the A12 near Southwold and Walberswick, with the landmark Holy Trinity church, beautifully floodlit at night.
[ Website ] Website for the famous last sea-going paddle steamer, now in charity ownership. As well as operating other UK trips and services, usually also sails from Southwold (either to London or on a local cruise). A wonderful experience.
[ Website ] The roadways of north-east Suffolk feature many old milestones, signs that these routes have been unchanged for centuries. This is the website of The Milestone Society and features a wealth of information about milestones nationwide.
[ Website ] With more than 60 nature reserves throughout Suffolk the Suffolk Wildlife Trust works to protect the County's wildlife. Local branch at Southwold.
[ Website ] The Henham Estate lies just north of Blythburgh and is nowadays famous for being the location of the summertime Latitude festival. Landscaped by Repton, but no large House remains to complement it. Alan Mackley here relates the story of Henham Hall.
[ Website ] More from Mick Muttitt about the tragic aircraft crash he witnessed in 1944.
[ Website ] Bill Barrett gives a short account of Walberswick-born Humphrey Jennings.
[ Website ] The story of a family and their connections with Blythburgh and Southwold through ale, sail and school.
[ Website ] Southwold's unmanned lighthouse is maintained by Trinity House. This is their webpage for Southwold. The Lighthouse is a waymark for passing shipping and a guide for those using Southwold Harbour.In the Lighthouse there are 98 steps up to the first floor, then a further 23 on up to the lookout. The lighthouse is often open to visitors - check the Blythweb Calendar www.blythweb.net/calendar
[ Website ] The origins and workings of Southwold Pier's waterclock explained by its creator (and local cartoonist, engineer, maybe-genius?) Tim Hunkin.
[ Website ] One of the Blythburgh History Notes (available on www.blythweb.co.uk) in which Keith Johnceline, a Wenhaston Local History Recorder, shows that this area is no stranger to Crime.
[ Website ] Alan Mackley's interesting article about William Morris (1834-1896) and Blythburgh Church.
[ Website ] Tidal information for Southwold, from the BBC
[ Website ] How times change! This interesting snippet dates from 1789.
[ Website ] Read Alan Mackley's report of Blythburgh in 1792, including the names of some of the inhabitants.
[ Website ] Artists of all abilities have resided in Walberswick, Blythburgh and the Blyth Valley, some more well-known than others. This History Note names just some of them.
[ Website ] Poaching by Priors and others involving Westwood warren and Walberswick in this interesting article by Alan Mackley.
[ Website ] Tales of smugglers abound in this area of coast and rivers. A Wenhaston Local History Recorder, Keith Johnceline, tells of his researches into the life of George Butcher. One of the Blythburgh History Notes on www.blythweb.co.uk .
[ Website ] This item by Veronica Baker-Smith in the Blythburgh Society History Notes concerns the building of a bridge on the Heveningham - Ubbeston Road in 1794.
[ Website ] FESPA is a registered Charity supporting and promoting the good health of the performing arts scene in East Suffolk.
[ Website ] Historical researches by a Wenhaston Local History Recorder, Keith Johnceline. One of the Blythburgh History Notes on www.blythweb.co.uk .
[ Website ] Nifty research by a Wenhaston Local History Recorder, Keith Johnceline, gives a glimpse of past turbulent times, mentioning Wenhaston, Blyford and Halesworth. One of the Blythburgh History Notes on www.blythweb.co.uk .
[ Website ] An interesting history note about Blythburgh and its shops in the 1920s by Nora Brown, with deliveries made to nearby villages such as Wenhaston and Walberswick.
[ Website ] This Blythburgh History Note by Carol Twinch explores the possible links between St.Walstan and Blythburgh and also features Walberswick.
[ Website ] Keith Johnceline's account of the 1930s fraud 'The Wenhaston Millions' involving a Major Crane and unsuspecting participants from Wenhaston and Blythburgh. The fraud was foiled following his marital interests in a lady from Southwold.
[ Website ] The Wenhaston sundial, at Wenhaston Village Hall, was both a Millennium project and to mark the 25th anniversary of the building of the Hall. Both the sundial and the building of the Village Hall were undertaken by Wenhaston Community Council (1971-2006). Dialist Ray Ashley was commissioned to make this working sundial, beautifully executed in stainless steel to be low-maintenance in years to come. Ray is a member of the British Sundial Society and this is their website.
[ Website ] In 1914 the Glasgow-born architect, designer and painter Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928) spent a restful year in Walberswick. He is just one of many notable artists to have benefitted from a stay here. This link is to the website of the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society where you can learn about this influential and creative genius.
[ Website ] In this account Alan Mackley examines Blythburgh's wealth in the first half of the last millennium.
[ Website ] On this Wikipedia webpage you can read about the remarkable career of Hubert Miles Gladwyn Jebb, the founding Secretary-General of the United Nations, whose banner hangs in St.Andrew's Church, Bramfield.
[ Website ] This Archive of the late notable local landowner, farmer and former MP, John E B Hill, is held by the University of East Anglia's Library Archives Department, who would like to publicise it more.
[ Website ] An international conservation charity based in Halesworth, saving rainforest and other threatened habitats worldwide.
[ Website ] The story of a Blythburgh house, people and their times.
[ Website ] Peter Wright was a member of a Wenhaston farming family who in WWII fought with the Coldstream Guards (being 6'1" in his socks). He was awarded the VC for his heroism at Salerno in 1943. Lots of information on this site. Peter Wright VC later farmed at Blythburgh.
[ Website ] Richard Maslen tells you all about Blythburgh's village sign.

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