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[ 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 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 ] 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, over 30,000 incidents have been recorded.
[ Website ] Areas of this part of north-east Suffolk, including Walberswick and Wenhaston, feature some lovely lowland heath - some of Britain's rarest habitat. Learn more about these remnants of the once extensive Suffolk Sandlings on these webpages from Suffolk Wildlife Trust.
[ 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 ] 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 ] The Southwold railway operated between Halesworth and Southwold 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. The Trust run a great shop and office (staffed by volunteers) at 27 High Street,Southwold, where you are most welcome to call in and find out more.
[ Website ] Blythburgh is on the A12 near Southwold and Walberswick, with the landmark Holy Trinity church, beautifully floodlit at night.
[ Website ] Website for these famous pleasure steamers which, as well as operating other UK trips and services, also sail from Southwold (either to London or on a local cruise).
[ 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 ] Bill Barrett gives a short account of Walberswick-born Humphrey Jennings.
[ Website ] More from Mick Muttitt about the tragic aircraft crash he witnessed in 1944.
[ 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 ] 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 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 Wenhaston's Local History Recorder, Keith Johnceline, shows that this area is no stranger to Crime.
[ Website ] How times change! This interesting snippet dates from 1789.
[ Website ] Alan Mackley's interesting article about William Morris (1834-1896) and Blythburgh Church.
[ Website ] Tidal information for Southwold, from the BBC
[ 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, 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 ] FESPA is a registered Charity supporting and promoting the good health of the performing arts scene in East Suffolk.
[ 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 ] Tales of smugglers abound in this area of coast and rivers. Wenhaston's 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 ] Historical researches by Wenhaston's Local History Recorder Keith Johnceline. One of the Blythburgh History Notes on www.blythweb.co.uk .
[ Website ] Nifty research by Wenhaston's Local History Recorder Keith Johnceline gives a glimpse of past turbulent times in our village. One of the Blythburgh History Notes on www.blythweb.co.uk .
[ 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 ] This Blythburgh History Note by Carol Twinch explores the possible links between St.Walstan and Blythburgh.
[ Website ] Keith Johnceline's account of the 1930s fraud 'The Wenhaston Millions' involving unsuspecting participants from Wenhaston and Blythburgh.
[ 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 ] An interesting history note about Blythburgh and its shops in the 1920s by Nora Brown.
[ Website ] In this account Alan Mackley examines Blythburgh's wealth in the first half of the last millennium.
[ Website ] An international conservation charity based in Halesworth, saving rainforest and other threatened habitats worldwide.
[ 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 ] 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.
[ Website ] A community and village website for Bramfield and Thorington with information from the Parish Council, St.Andrew's church, village news etc.

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Some Favourite Websites For December 2018:

Valley FarmA large family farmhouse in Walberswick

A Grade II listed farmhouse for up to 11, plus 2 cots, with amazing views across the marshes to the sea.

Stoneware BirdsLife-sized handmade and unique British birds, now available to buy online.

A charming unique gift or a treat for oneself. See the website to know how each one is made. Now available to buy online. Each bird is an individual creation, varying in choice from the perky wren to the plump bullfinch together with other well-loved British birds. Which will you choose?

Hetty’s Little Copy ShopA wide range of printing services - including 3D - plus passport photos and more

The Little Copy Shop is in Thoroughfare, Halesworth, and offers all sorts of useful services involving printing, laminating, scanning, binding and copying plus various photographic services including passport photos.

Victoria CottageCentrally-located Southwold Cottage for Two, plus up to two dogs at no extra charge

Just minutes from Southwold's seafront, High Street, pubs and pier, this Victorian cottage has views of Southwold's iconic lighthouse from the upstairs day room and the charming rear courtyard. WiFi. Up to two well-behaved dogs welcome. Summer weeks and flexible breaks available.

Singtong Neeyom Thai RestaurantDelicious authentic Thai Cuisine

Take a look at Singtong Neeyom Thai Restaurant in the centre of Halesworth, for a range of delicious and skillfully prepared Thai dishes created by their own native Thai, Piek.