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Southwold, Suffolk

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Southwold, Suffolk

Southwold is a small town on the North Sea coast, in the Waveney district of the English county of Suffolk. It is located on the North Sea coast at the mouth of the River Blyth within the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The town is around 11 miles south of Lowestoft and 29 miles north-east of Ipswich. It is within the parliamentary constituency of Suffolk Coastal.
Administrative CountySuffolk
Traditional CountySuffolk
OS GridTM5076
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
Police AuthoritySuffolk
Fire and Rescue AuthoritySuffolk
Fire and Rescue AuthoritySuffolk
Ambulance AuthorityEast of England
Dialling code01502
Population1,458 (2001 Census)

Other names by which Southwold, Suffolk has been known in the past

Sothwold ~ Southole ~ Sudwald ~ Swold ~ Swole ~ Swoul ~ Sudholda ~ Sudwolda

Southwold, Suffolk in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Southwold, mun. bor., seaport and market town, and par., Suffolk, at mouth of river Blythe, 8 miles E. of Halesworth by rail and 14 miles S. of Lowestoft, 566 ac., pop. 2107; P.O., T.O., 2 Banks. Market-day, Thursday. Southwold is situated on an eminence overlooking the sea, and is a place of great antiquity, known in Saxon times as Sudwald, and belonging at Domesday to Bury Abbey. It rose into notice upon the decline of Dunwich, and received its first charter from Henry VII. The chief architectural feature of Southwold is the handsome church of St Edmund, built in 1460. There are two piers and a breakwater. Southwold has become a favourite place of resort for sea-bathing, and has large fisheries of herring, cod, and sole. Coal is imported. At Southwold (or Sole) Bay, the boundaries of which have almost disappeared from successive encroachments of the sea, was fought, in 1672, the famous naval engagement between the Dutch under De Ruyter and the English under James Duke of York.

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