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Kessingland

Kessingland is a large village in the Waveney District of the English county of Suffolk. It is located around 4 miles (6 km) south of Lowestoft. It is of interest to archaeologists as Palaeolithic and Neolithic implements have been found here; the remains of an ancient forest lie buried on the seabed.

There has been a settlement here since Palaeolithic times. Between the Hundred River and Latmer Dam was once a large estuary which was used by the Vikings and Romans. The sea provided the village with its main livelihood, and at one time the village paid a rent of 22,000 herrings to their Lords, which then made it more important than nearby Lowestoft.

The Domesday Book entry reads 'Kessingalanda / gelanda: King's land, kept by Roger Bigot; Earl Hugh and Hugh FitzNorman from him; Hugh de Montfort Mill (100 herrings). 43 pigs.' Roger Bigod or Bigot was a Norman Knight who came to England in the Norman Conquest.

The village comprised two separate communities: the "beach" and the "street" and it was not until the 1960s that more housing united the village into a single community. The population is little over 4,000 - though this can double due to the holiday-makers in the many chalets and holiday villages in the area.

The Suffolk Coast and Heaths area was designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1970 and the Suffolk Coasts and Heath Project runs many conservation projects.

St Edmund's church is one of the finest in the region. With an imposing tower 300-foot (91 m) it was built c. 1436 for the Franscicans of London. The tower, built like many coastal Churches to act as a beacon by ships out at sea, constitutes the majority of the medieval structure, the rest having been rebuilt in the ensuing centuries. Renovations continue to the contemporary era with a new window by Nicola Kantorowicz being added in 2007.

Local authority: Suffolk

OS Grid Reference: TM532866

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Things to see and do in and around Kessingland

  • Africa Alive
  • Adventure Island Playpark
  • East Anglia Transport Museum
  • Heritage Workshop Centre
  • Herringfleet Marshmill
  • Lowestoft War Memorial Museum
  • Saint Olave's Priory
  • Pets Corner
  • Richardsons Family Entertainment Centre
  • Lowestoft and East Suffolk Maritime Museum

Tourist Information

Lowestoft
Tourist Information Centre
East Point Pavilion
Royal Plain
Suffolk
England
NR33 0AP

Phone 01502 533600
Email touristinfo@waveney.gov.uk
http://www.visit-lowestoft.co.uk/

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Weather

Forecast for Wednesday 26 April

06:00


Chance of rain 9%
Max temp. 4°C
(feels like -0°C)
Wind 3mph, gusting to 5mph.
NW
Pressure 1014
Humidity 87%
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09:00


Chance of rain 61%
Max temp. 6°C
(feels like 2°C)
Wind 3mph, gusting to 5mph.
N
Pressure 1015
Humidity 75%
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12:00


Chance of rain 31%
Max temp. 8°C
(feels like 4°C)
Wind 4mph, gusting to 7mph.
N
Pressure 1015
Humidity 61%
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15:00


Chance of rain 34%
Max temp. 8°C
(feels like 4°C)
Wind 4mph, gusting to 7mph.
N
Pressure 1016
Humidity 63%
UV Index
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18:00


Chance of rain 30%
Max temp. 6°C
(feels like 3°C)
Wind 4mph, gusting to 6mph.
N
Pressure 1017
Humidity 68%
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21:00


Chance of rain 12%
Max temp. 5°C
(feels like 1°C)
Wind 3mph, gusting to 5mph.
NNW
Pressure 1018
Humidity 80%
UV Index n/a
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