TM4897 : Somerleyton - the village green

taken 8 years ago, near to Herringfleet, Suffolk, Great Britain

Somerleyton - the village green
Somerleyton - the village green
Somerleyton is a village on the north bank of the River Waveney, about 7 miles from Lowestoft and 8 miles from Yarmouth. The population numbers approximately 300. The village is an example of 19th century planning of housing consisting of thatched cottages > LinkExternal link and a village school > LinkExternal link around a newly created green. When Samuel Morton Peto took over the Somerleyton Estate in 1844 he began to reconstruct the Hall > LinkExternal link and to replan the village as a model village in the spirit of the times. The main road was diverted through the village which became centred on the village green, a horse-shoe shaped area with new houses around the perimeter, the school at one end and the village pump at the other. The new houses were designed by John Thomas, the architect of Somerleyton Hall. Peto also brought the railway to the village > LinkExternal link. In more recent times Christopher Cockerell at Somerleyton Marina > LinkExternal link began his work on ideas to make a boat go faster which led to the invention of the Hovercraft - LinkExternal link - the first patent being applied for in December 1955.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 24 September, 2009   (more nearby)
Friday, 25 September, 2009
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TM 484 974 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:31.0951N 1:39.6268E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TM 485 974
View Direction
West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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