TM4897 : Somerleyton - village sign

taken 9 years ago, near to Herringfleet, Suffolk, Great Britain

Somerleyton - village sign
Somerleyton - village sign
The village sign is situated on the edge of the green beside Blundeston road (B1074).

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 > LinkExternal link. 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 485 974 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:31.0657N 1:39.7039E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TM 485 973
View Direction
North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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