My elderly neighbour had stated to me that in her early years of marriage her husband had decided that they should undertake UK holidays encompassing all the piers in the UK. There are a total of 89 piers in the UK (55 of these are in working order). My neighbour and her husband managed to see all the piers in the UK before his death. She told me that one of the nicest piers she ever visited was in Southwold. I wanted to travel to Southwold on a warm sunny day but unfortunately it happened on a wet windy day.
We were able to park in a residential street down the lane from the pier. We walked the whole length of the pier and spoke to the many fishermen who had been patiently awaiting their catch. They said they had come here as the cod was due to close into shore due to the poor weather conditions.
The pier has a number of gift shops(limited range of fridge magnets), tea rooms and the traditional fish and chip shop. We were able to walk the dog on the pier and be seated outside in one of the covered eating areas on the pier. The fish and chips were good and the price reasonable. The one thing that attracted us to the pier was the water clock. I had seen the water clock on utube and read up on the history of the clock being built as a main attraction to the pier. Made in three weeks in 1998 by Tim Hunkin and Will Jackson, to an impossibly tight budget, the Water Clock was designed as a feature about water recycling, sponsored by Thames Water. The water is pumped up to the top of the clock from the pond and it was originally this water that then powered the cheeky antics that happen on the half hour. The hands and pendulum are now powered electrically. All the copper on the clock comes from old hot water cylinders.
We sat eating our lunch watching the crowds gather on the half our to view the funny antics of the water clock. Do have a look on utube as it is an amazing lesson on water recycling. We were in stitches!!!!
There was a lovely beach which you could walk on with the dog as it was out of season. The walk along the colourful beach huts was interesting. Southwold is a village so there were no shopping precincts to visit, just miles of beach to explore. A lovely day out but next time we will come in the sunshine.
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December 4, 2012
Thanks for the kind review, so glad that you enjoyed your experience on the pier. The clock is highly amusing. And the shops sell a lot more than fridge magnets!
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