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Thorpeness Windmil & House in Clouds
Thorpeness windmill is a 'Post Mill',one of two common types of mill found in England.It takes its name from the central post upon which the whole body of the Mill rests and rotates.
In the roundhouse of the mill you can clearly see the post,and trestle of wooden booms that support it,held off the ground by four thick pillars.
In 1923 the mill was dismantled from Aldringham and brought over to its new home by local millwright,Amos Clarke and his son.
This was a laborious task,but not uncommon in the past when mills were much more widespread and part of everyday life in East Anglia.
Once at Thorpeness the mill had to be converted from corn grinding to pumping water.
The hardest job would be to create a hole through the central post of the mill to accommodate the the pump rod that connected with the water pump 30ft below ground.
The windmill could now pump water,but there was nowhere to store it,so an iron water tank on a tall,steel frame was erected near to the mill ,connected by underground pipes.
However,this again was a rather stark structure for the character of Mr Ogilvies village and it was decided that the water tank should be made into a house.
The metal work was boarded over to provide accommodation below the tank, creating the unusual building that is known as the House in the Clouds.(short Video)
Admission is FREE.
April-June 11am-1pm 2pm-5pm Week-ends and Bank Holidays
July-August 2pm-5pm Monday - Friday
September 11am-1pm 2pm-5pm Week-ends until mid September
SADLY THE WINDMILL IS NOW CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC. (It is still there)
The Good News is : The new owners are having it completely revamped a major restoration of Thorpeness Windmill that will eventually see the listed building returned to its former glory.
Owners Philip and Sharlie Goddard are planning to spend more than £100,000 on the restoration.
Address: Thorpeness Suffolk
Directions: head west from the mere (lake) past golf club road turn left down dirt track.
Phone: 01394 384948
Aldeburgh Beach, If your up early in the morning go and see the fishing huts on the sea front near to The White Horse Hotel and buy some fresh fish,if its in season you can also get Lobsters .Crab and Shrimps,if they have sold out ask them it you can order some for tomorrow.fantastic eating.
But be warned they do tend to sell out by mid day.
Aldeburgh is a quiet and unspoilt beach, popular with painters and photographers alike. Sailing boats are found along the River Alde at one end of the town, while fishing huts, sheds and working boats are dotted along the beach.
The sea front has changed very little since Victorian times, the individual houses each adding something to the unique character and charm that is Aldeburgh.
Address: Crag Path
Directions: On the Sea Front head North,you cant miss them just past the Lifeboat Station on the Right.
The Harwich Harbour Cruise
Lasting around three and a half hours, journey down the River Orwell past Pin Mill to the Stour Estuary. The cruise includes the opportunity to see from the water (weather permitting) the UK's largest container Port at Felixstowe, Harwich Harbour, and historic Harwich. We then turn in Harwich Harbour and return back up the river to Ipswich
We did this trip This year and it was most enjoyable,This is just one of the trips they do .
Address: Ipswich Harbour
Directions: ‘Orwell Lady' cruises start and finish at Orwell Quay, Ipswich Wet Dock
Other Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: (44) 07734 875887
Because of the sandbanks off the East coast, the only navigable approach to Harwich Harbour runs for about five miles almost parallel to the shoreline and only a few miles from it, from a point near the mouth of the river Deben (to the north of Felixstowe), past Felixstowe, to just past Landguard Point. then (with almost an about-turn) into the mile-wide harbour entrance. Due to its situation on Landguard Point, Landguard Fort has always been the key point of the defence of Harwich Harbour.
It is also the place to see the container ships and ferry's coming and going,there is a purpose built car park and viewing point.
A coffee caravan is normally on site for Teas ,coffees and bacon butties.
You can sit hear for hours just watching the world go by.
Directions: The first roundabout the docks, follow signs to the seafront. set of traffic lights turn right and follow this road , Suffolk Sands Caravan Park. take a left turn into Viewpoint Road and follow it until you reach the car park.
Educational and fun activity on board Regardless, in the safe haven of Orford River with skipper Peter. The trip involves demonstrations of lifting and baiting up of lobster pots and looking at the many species of sea life e.g. Starfish, Lobsters, Spider Crabs, Edible Crabs, Whelks and Fish.
Regardless leaves Orford Quay on Monday, Wednesday and Friday during school holidays at 5.30pm for approximately one hour. From 1st May during school term there is an activity trip every Wednesday at 5.30pm. Group bookings can be catered for at other times.
Address: Orford Quay
Directions: Orford Quay, Orford, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 2NU
Phone: 01394 450169 or 07900 230579
You can get information on all events happening in the area,including acommodation in and around the area.
Bearing in mind there is no train station at Aldeburgh,but there are buses.
They are very helpful.
Address: Middle of the High Street
Directions: Look for the archway on the seaward side and it is on the right of the archway.
Opposite side to the picture.
Phone: 01728 453637
House in the Clouds
Visit Aldeburgh Town,nothing much has changed over the years.The Moot hall has a Museum and must be one of the oldest buildings still standing,but most of all take a walk along the sea front and take in the laidback atmosphere,then drive 10mins north to: Thorpeness with its shallow boating lake, Also in Thorpeness is the House in the clouds a very unusual house reaching up to the sky, and now is a Holiday home,near to the house is a windmill.
Address: Aldeburgh / Thorpeness
Directions: Heading north on the A12 from Wickham Market, through Stratford St Andrew
dual carriageway turn directly right across the dual carriageway continue on this road and you will come into Aldeburgh approx 5miles.
The Sea front
Take a walk along the unspoilt sea front, little changed since Victorian times, its uneven row of individual houses each seeming to have a character of their own. The wide atmospheric East Anglian sky, the shelved shingle beach, the rugged North sea, the wildness of the marshes and the stillness of the wide, winding river Alde, separated from the sea by a single path and some fortuitously placed shingle.
Why not visit on carnival day when the whole town works together to provide a variety of entertaining events, the highlight being an exciting procession of decorated floats and characters. The evening lantern procession, everyone joining in, makes its way slowly to the beach for the firework display - the finale of the day's entertainment.
Visit the High street with its mix of traditional shops and galleries, a fish and chip shop of some fame.
The building in the picture to the right that looks like a look out tower is in fact an art gallery where you can buy local scene paintings,a good memoir of Aldeburgh,well worth a look even if its to browse.
Open every day (10-5:00) except Weds&Thurs. Sundays and Bank Holidays 11-4
Address: Crag Path
Directions: South lookout Tower,Crag path
Phone: 01728 451452
The castle was built between 1166 and 1172 by Henry II as part of his coastal defence.
Orford was at that time a busy port. It was the first castle in England to have a series of mural towers projecting from the curtain walls. This was an innovation of great military importance in the later part of the 12th century as it allowed the garrison command of the field of fire without exposure to the enemy. The keep was also unusual being polygonal with the addition of three rectangular towers and a fore building. It was a forerunner of the cylindrical keeps of the 13th century. The stonework remains virtually intact as the castle had a comparatively uneventful military history.
Following the death of King John it was taken by the French contender to the crown, Prince Louis. In the reign of Henry III the castle changed hands frequently during the baronial wars.
The castle was then maintained by the Crown but by 1336 its importance had declined to such an extent that it was given in perpetuity to Robert of Ufford. From that time the castle was never involved in further military action.
Directions: 12 miles east of Woodbridge, off B1084
Phone: 01394 450472
Aldeburgh Town Hall
This fine wooden-frame building was built between 1520 and 1540 as the town hall.
(it is still the Town Hall)
In the council chamber,scene of trial in Benjamin Britten's opera "peter Grimes",are maps and paintings of the neighborhood.
the Museum room contains displays of local interest including objects from Snape Ship Burial,which antedates Sutton Hoo.
Admission is :£1:00
Open Easter-end April Sat,Sun,& Bank holidays 2.30-5pm
May-September and October daily 2.30-5pm
June, July and August daily 12:00_5pm
Address: Moot hall Aldeburgh
Directions: Market Cross place opposite the Mill Public House
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Phone: 01728 454666
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