"A word on the spot is worth a cartload of recollections"
James Maggs, Southwold diarist 1797-1890

Sunday, 14 March 2010


Rachel and I took the dog for a walk along the beach at Covehithe near Southwold this weekend. This part of the east coast is under constant attack by the sea. A section of the cliff-top path has disappeared off the cliff.

The old medieval church at Covehithe was always too big for the number of souls in the parish. The old church fell into ruin as a consequence, and now has a much smaller church built inside the ruins. There can't be more than 5 houses there now.

On the wall of the church is a memorial plaque for James Gilbert who "put it out" in 1672.


  1. Thanks for this. Pretty and interesting.

  2. Thanks. Covehithe is a lovely place, very "Suffolk coast": big skies (flat!), reed marshes with lots of birds, the odd seal bobbing in the sea. There's a strange atmosphere around the sleepy village (and church), it feels like it's on the edge of the world in more ways than one! Worth a visit if you ever find yourself over here and are in the area.