by John | Nov 26, 2012 |

Felixstowe Through Time, by Michael Rouse

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As a settlement it dates back to a time before the Norman conquest. For centuries it was a fishing town, that is until the railways opened up the Suffolk coast as a peaceful resort for holidaymakers from Suffolk, Essex and London.  

By 1891 Felixstowe had become a fashionable resort with a pier and some magnificent hotels - even the Empress of German chose Felixstowe for her family holidays. By the end of World War II, Felixstowe had lost some of its gloss and many of the large hotels were closed or converted.  

Today Felixstowe is once more a destination of choice for holidaymakers and second homers and it is once more returning to its Edwardian elegance. The beautiful Cliff Gardens are to be restored and there are new shops and restaurants.



Mike Rouse has created a fascinating visual journey around the town charting its history in a collection of photographs and postcards. A fascinating read both for residents of and visitors to Felixstowe. Felixstowe Through Time, by Michael Rouse, Amberley Publishing £14.99

Do also have a look at Michael Rouse's book Southwold to Aldeburgh Through Time, another fascinating snapshot of Suffolk's coast. 

 


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