Thorpeness

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Thorpeness, a set on Flickr.

A month ago we enjoyed a great day out in the Suffolk coastal town of Southwold and a bit more of the same today (sans Sun) in Thorpeness, also on the Suffolk coast, 25 miles from Ipswich and a few miles north of Aldeburgh. Once a small fishing hamlet the entire area was purchased in 1910 by Glencairn Stuart Ogilvie. Ogilvie had made his fortune in the design of railways around the globe and set about turning Thorpeness into a private fantasy holiday village, to which friends, family and work colleagues were invited during the summer months. Still very much a holiday village today the population swells from 400 to four times that number in season. Major attractions in the village are the ‘House in the Clouds’, a water tower disguised in mock-Tudor style and just a mater of fifty yards away the Grade II listed Thorpeness Mill.

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