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Greetings all from Suffolk.I wish every one a fantastic 2014 and peace in the world and every one to unite as one and live in harmony.
This beautiful coast is one of my favourite places as it is mostly unspoilt coastline.

Covehithe is a hamlet and civil parish in the Waveney district of the English county of Suffolk. It lies on the North Sea coast around 4 miles (6.4 km) north of Southwold and 7 miles (11 km) south of Lowestoft. Neighbouring settlements include Benacre, South Cove and Frostenden.
The coastline in the Covehithe area has eroded rapidly and the settlement, which was previously known as North Hales, has suffered significant loss of land and buildings in the past. It is located within the Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB.
Erosion caused the coastline at Covehithe to retreat more than 500 metres between the 1830s and 2001, according to contemporary Ordnance Survey maps. This can be seen most obviously on the sand cliffs above the beach where the road running from the church simply falls away down onto the beach. The Anchor public house had closed by 1882 and is the only recorded pub within the village.
In the Middle Ages Covehithe prospered as a small town and during the reign of Edward I was granted a fair on the feast day of St Andrew. It takes its modern name from the de Cove family who held land there at that time, and that fact it had a hithe, or quay, for loading and unloading small vessels. By the 17th Century however it had fallen victim, like nearby Dunwich, to coastal erosion. The large church of St Andrew which had been built on the back of its wealth was largely pulled down, although the tower remains, and a smaller church erected amongst the ruins in 1672. Fishing was a key industry in Covehithe, especially for herring.. There is also archaeological evidence of the linen industry having been carried out at Covehithe until the 18th century.
During World War I Covehithe airfield was a night-landing ground which was operated from 1915 to 1919 by the Royal Naval Air Service as a satellite station for RNS Great Yarmouth. The airfield covered 33 hectares (82 acres) and was equipped with searchlights and paraffin lights for night landing and was used for anti-Zeppelin patrols by Number 73 Wing. In 1918 it was transferred to 273 Squadron of No. 4 Group RAF which flew DH9, DH4 and Sopwith Camel aircraft from the site. The airfield was closed in 1919 and the land returned to agricultural use.
During World War II the coastline at Covehithe formed part of the defence line against possible German invasion. A series of pill boxes and other defences were in place, although most of these have since been lost to coastal erosion. A Chain Home Extra Low radar station was established at Covehithe in 1942 by the Royal Air Force. Cheers every one from Iain

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  • Copyright: Iain Richardson (RhodieIke) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 819 W: 1 N: 2616] (11512)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2013-12-15
  • Categories: Decisive Moment
  • Exposure: f/11, 1/400 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2013-12-31 1:39
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