This is a seaside town of Southwold in Suffolk, on the horizon we can see Sizewell nuclear dome power station.
Southwold is a small town on the North Sea coast, in the Waveney district of the English county of Suffolk. It is located on the North Sea coast at the mouth of the River Blyth within the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The town is around 11 miles (18 km) south of Lowestoft and 29 miles (47 km) north-east of Ipswich. It is within the parliamentary constituency of Suffolk coastal.
Southwold was mentioned in Domesday Book (1086) as a fishing port, and after the "capricious River Blyth withdrew from Dunwich in 1328, bringing trade to Southwold in the 15th century", it received its town charter from Henry VII in 1489. Over the following centuries, however, a shingle bar built up across the harbour mouth, preventing the town from becoming a major Early Modern port: "The shingle at Southwold Harbour, the mouth of the Blyth, is ever shifting," William Whittaker observed in 1887.
Southwold was the home of a number of Puritan emigrants to the Massachusetts Bay Colony in the 1630s, notably a party of 18 assembled under Rev. Young, which travelled in the Mary Ann in 1637. Richard Ibrook, born in Southwold and a former bailiff of the town, emigrated to Hingham, Massachusetts, along with Rev. Peter Hobart, son of Edmund Hobart of Hingham, Norfolk. Rev. Hobart had been an assistant vicar of St Edmund's Church, Southwold after graduating from Magdalene College, Cambridge. Hobart married in America Rebecca Ibrook, daughter of his fellow Puritan Richard Ibrook. The migrants to Hingham were led by Robert Peck, vicar of St Andrew's Church in Hingham and a native of Beccles.
In 1659 a fire devastated most of the town and damaged St Edmund's Church, whose original structure dated from the 12th century. The fire created a number of open spaces within the town which were never rebuilt. Today this "series of varied and very delightful village greens" and the restriction of expansion because of the surrounding marshes, have preserved its genteel appearance.
On the green just above the beach, descriptively named Gun Hill, the six 18-pounder cannon commemorate the Battle of Sole Bay, fought in 1672 between English and French fleets on one side and the Dutch (under Michiel de Ruyter) on the other. The battle was bloody but indecisive and many bodies were washed ashore. Southwold Museum has a collection of mementos of the event. It has occasionally been said that these cannon were captured from the Scots at Culloden and given to the town by the Duke of Cumberland, but they are much larger than those used in that campaign. During World War I, it was widely thought that these cannon were one reason why this part of the coast was bombarded by the German Fleet as a "fortified coast". In World War II the cannon were prudently removed, reputedly buried for safety, and returned to their former position after hostilities. Info Wiki.
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willperrett (10191) 2014-01-30 1:37
Archetypal English Winter seaside resort photograph. Despite the gloomy flat light, you've managed to create an interesting image, with the subtle light on the horizon creating a "lift" out of all proportion to its size in the frame. The sombre tones are just right (though probably not popular on this site!) and you've resisted the temptation to increase saturation - which I think would have been futile and mistaken. I like its authenticity.
snunney (96825) 2014-01-30 1:37
A view from the pier if I am not mistaken of this cut above the usual seaside town with its distinctive lighthouse. An image with great depth and excellent colours and detail despite the grey sky.
Royaldevon (37695) 2014-01-30 2:00
A most comprehensive history lesson has accompanied your photograph, which I found most interesting.
This is a typical winter sky but, despite the relatively poor light, you have a achieved a fine representation of the town, its design and its colours. The exposure is sharp with a good depth.
I particularly like your selected viewpoint, which uses the repeating groynes effectively.
Have a lovely day,
trevormoffiet (3112) 2014-01-30 3:29
This image certainly has a touch of winter atmosphere about it. The buildings are well delineated by their white trims and facades which are picking up the low angled light. The rows of groynes fading into the distance are a nice aspect of the composition.
delpeoples (57266) 2014-01-30 4:08
What a beautiful grey day you've captured. The colourful architecture contrasts beautifully with it and I like the graphism created by those wooden poles in the water in the FG. Excellent job, well done.
yquem46 (38750) 2014-01-30 4:17
Amazing how a dull gray day can be turned out into a nice picture
Have a nice day, all the best
timecapturer (49288) 2014-01-30 4:26
love Southwold, not been back for too long, but this is just how I remember it. A typical winter seaside image that I always find fascinating and sublimely beautiful, despite the faded light.
Regards - B.
nagual2 (1456) 2014-01-30 4:57
The history behind the pic is flawless.,the gloomy overcast and absence of people on the beach.,creates a very nice effect.TFS
kato (11630) 2014-01-30 5:58
You're capturing well this seaside town by a good composition, tasteful tone and excellent clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the North sea like the lead of winter and the beautiful/historical buildings and lighthouse on shore faced to the sea. It's good at color contrast of grey sea an heavy sky covered thick clouds. It looks like the atmosphere of William Turner's painting.
ikeharel (69319) 2014-01-30 9:29
Good evening Iain,
Much history enfolded on your note about the place, interesting to knwo.
I can only imagine how crowded the seashoe on summer's, and the POV chosen from is outstanding winter shot.
The Nuclear dome is seen well, though never would I guess that, unless told.
Fine taken inspite the cloudy overcast.
BennyV (16393) 2014-01-30 10:20
I like the threatening weather here and the positioning of the town. Perfectly cropped, with the town looking small and brave amidst the elements.
ourania (43696) 2014-01-30 12:43
although the weather is heavy and moody and the colours are dark, the seascape and the coastal town look absolutely fascinating in your photo. The sense of depth is great, the details on the coast and the architecture, the movement of the sea and the feel of strong wind are captivating. I like very much the way you managed the dim light and the bright areas all over the frame. The clouds seem to be touching the town, the atmosphere is amazing. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely evening,
kwekwekan (1078) 2014-01-30 15:14
Good capture of this coastal town. The POV and composition are excellent. You have also managed to bring out the colours of the skyline very well despite the dreary overcast sky.
macjake (66704) 2014-01-30 17:45
well, just another example of how we don't need to have a perfect blue sky to produce an attractive photo.
and how often do we get to see a Nuclear Power Station in a photo - thats cool.
with the winds on these shorelines, it makes me wonder though, does some of that pollution come down into the town?
lots of depth, lots of history, lots of sea water and beachfronts...nice shot all around
npecanhuk (74542) 2014-01-31 16:56
Very beautiful place!
Very attractive picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, horizontal format, chosen pov and composition are all excellent!
That cloudy sky is very interesting!
The architectural details of those buildings by the sea also please me a lot!
TFS - congrats,
annjackman (21813) 2014-02-01 0:58
This is a very moody shot of this lovely Suffolk seaside town. The light is picking out the buildings and the lighthouse very well. The grey sky with just a hint of brighter weather on the horizon gives a subtle and wintry look. The wooden groyne is placed just right in the FG. A very well proportioned image.
Kind Regards, Ann
Graal (102482) 2014-02-01 3:57
interesting view of town by sea here. Nice architecture. Pity that weather was cloudy. Well presentation.
Have a nice WE.
Cricri (117425) 2014-02-02 9:29
Belle vue de la cote, des couleurs attrayantes des maisons malgré le ciel gris, le phare s'ajoute a la beauté de l'endroit