Thursday, 15 March 2012


Southwold is a watering-place, and everybody knows the general character of watering place topography. It might be called eulogistic style; commencing with general eulogies on earth, air and water; the site, climate, prospects, rides and walks, fields and flood, shipping and dipping, and then proceeding to particular eulogise on the crescents, terraces and villas; the apartments and lodgings, the hotels and libraries, the baths and machines, rides, sociables and donkeys; and through all the paraphenalia which contribute to the health or amusement of the invalid or the robust, the young or old, gay or grave.

(Review of Southwold and its vicinity by Robert Wake. The Gentlemans Magazine  vol 168 1840)

In aspect and outlook, Suffolk seems content to amble along at least a century behind the rest of England. Because it has not been visited with the questionable comforts of modernity, it remains shy and unsophisticated.

(Suffolk Scene Julian Tennyson 1939)

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