Days Gone By: How holidays by the sea led to huge growth in Felixstowe
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Felixstowe grew in the 19th and early 20th century – partly because of the Victorian and Edwardian fashion of bathing in the sea and holidays on the coast, writes David Kindred.
In the middle of the 19th century it was a village of around 600 people.
A rail link with Ipswich was built with a branch line from Westerfield, by Colonel George Tomline, of Orwell Park estate at Nacton.
It had a station to the south of the town, which opened in 1877.
Colonel Tomline’s vision was a new town, seaside resort and a port on land he owned to the south of the town.
The Felixstowe line was bought by the Great Eastern Railway in 1887 who wanted to boost the desire for holidays by the sea.
A new station was built nearer the expanding town and the wooden station to the south became Felixstowe Beach Station.
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As the summer holidays are now in full swing I have taken a look a vintage photographs of the resort showing how our ancestors enjoyed the refreshing sea air.
What are your Felixstowe memories? Write to David Kindred, Days Gone By, Ipswich Star/EADT, Portman House, 120 Princes Street, Ipswich, IP1 1RS or send an email.