we have heard people talk about how lovely southwold is, on numerous occasions. we have been to suffolk and norfolk many times but never quite made it. never firmly had it on our agenda. so this bank holiday it was there, firmly on our agenda.
southwold is a charming seaside town with lots of history going way back to 1086 when it’s was listed in the domesday book as a fishing port. in 1659 a fire devastated most of southwold, but this fire was to shape the town, as many of the buildings destroyed were never rebuilt, leaving wonderful open spaces creating village greens.
the home of the earl and countess of leicester. a palladian hall conceived by thomas coke in 1750. holkham is privately owned and the coke family have lived in the estate since the hall was built by their ancestor.
nope not a typo it really is wells next the sea. derived from the many clear spring wells that were found in the area, however despite the name of next the sea, wells is actually over a mile from the sea!