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The building with the turret is Acton Lodge where my grandparents Drs John and Mary Leedham-Green lived from 1946 until the late 1980s. The two cottages to the right had been demolished when my mother first visited (in the 1960s - she says it was a garden) and my grandparents built an extension there that housed their GP (...Read full memory)

I remember the boating lake with very fond memories. We used to holiday with my great aunt and uncle who lived in Reydon every year. My parents, with my brother and I would arrive in late July and they would return home a fortnight later. I would remain for a further 4 weeks and my aunt would then take me home.This was the (...Read full memory)

This was one of my favourite places as a child. My aunty lived in Thorpeness and we used to stay with her in the summer. We would often come to the beach at Warblerswick, and then go to The Dutch Barn. My earliest memory is probably from when I was about 5 years old, and can remember looking at all the sweets, but my (...Read full memory)

My great great grandfather was the chief coastguard here in 1881-1884, so he would have lived here. I used to visit here numerous times as a child but never knew this fact until I started researching my ancestry. It makes me very proud to see this photo :)

I remember The Grand Hotel in the mid to late 1950s. My cousins lived in Marlborough Road, the end of which ran past the rear of the 'Grand'. I can't remember whether it still had a roof, but I do remember that it was possible to get inside the place if you knew how. We did play in it, but did not get hurt (...Read full memory)

My great great grand father - William Parkington - was master miller at the mill on Southwold Common in 1890. Imagine my delight at being able to see the actual building he used to work in all those years ago

I thought the picture of me as a toddler in a wooden paddle boat was taken at Southwold, and now 60 years on it was Southwold. We only went there from Norwich for the odd trip but I am pleased to find this c1955 picture in the Frith pictures.

This shows the original, full length pier in all it's glory before gradual destruction. Now recently restored it is nevertheless much shorter. The photo must have been taken from the old Grand Hotel.

I was born in Southwold but left there many years ago. This view shows the Grand Hotel which was demolished in the late 1950's. It was derelict for many years, this being the only way I remember it. As a child it was very daring to venture into it - undoubtedly potentially dangerous in view of the state of it and something (...Read full memory)