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Here you’ll find peripheral information for anyone looking to buy property in Southwold and the surrounding villages of Reydon, Walberswick, Blythburgh, Easton Bavents and Dunwich.

Southwold lies on the North Sea Suffolk coast known as Sole Bay. Together with its adjoining village of Reydon, Southwold has a population in the region of 3,800.

It lies about 28 miles North-East of Ipswich, 11 miles South of Lowestoft and 31 miles South-East of Norwich.
The nearest rail link to London or Norwich is via Halesworth or Darsham, both about eight miles away from Southwold.

Southwold has a majority of Georgian and Victorian buildings with a few 20th Century additions.

If you don’t find your dream property here, you could try the scenic towns of Aldeburgh, Framlingham, Felixstowe or Woodbridge.

Southwold History

Although, ironically, the actual old English name suggests ‘South Wood’, Southwold has been inextricably linked with the sea.

Dating back to at least 1020 early records show the owner as one Alfric, Bishop of East Anglia.

The local medieval St Edmunds church is said to from the 13th Century and a curious little mechanical soldier figure called ‘Southwold Jack’ was used to strike a bell to denote when services were starting.

As with a lot of small villages of the time a royal charter was granted by Henry VII in 1489 and from there Southwold began to prosper until a devastating fire swept through in 1659 and virtually levelled everything.

On the positive side, the village was rebuilt utilising wider green areas and manageable spaces between rows of buildings as an insurance against potential further fires.

In the 1750’s a focus on Herring fishing gave birth to a small industry which grew rapidly until the harbour silted up and killed the trade.

In 1872 a little brewery was established which later in 1890 then became Adnams Brewery.

After the construction of the iconic lighthouse nestled in amongst the houses by Trinity House in 1887, the next surge for the town came in the form of investment from a development company in 1889. They gradually built roads and sewers with a view to making it a Victorian holiday destination.

Further funding then saw the birth of Southwold Pier as well as hotels and promenades.

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