Southwold’s windswept beaches and stunning scenery draws tourists from all over the world, but beneath the surface of this charming seaside town lies thousands of years of history just waiting to be rediscovered.
The town has seen it all, from its days as a Medieval port to the fire of 1659, which created the empty spaces which became the town’s famous parks. The town saw brutal action during the Battle of Sole Bay, when English and French forces clashed with the Dutch navy.
With so much in its past, it’s no wonder that Southwold has inspired generations of authors and historians, and there are some truly fascinating books devoted to the town. We’ve picked out some of the best, so if you’re looking for Southwold books, you’ve come to the right place.
Geoffrey C. Munn’s Southwold: An Earthly Paradise is a real must have for anyone interested in Southwold history and the development of the town. Packed with surprising information and unique observations, this book is a real treasure-trove of local knowledge.
Michael Rouse’s Southwold to Aldeburgh Through Time takes readers on a journey along one of the most celebrated stretches of coast in the British Isles, drawing on photographs, personal recollections and the rich tradition of writing that surrounds SOuthwold and Aldeburgh.
If you want to see just how much Southwold has changed over the years, get yourself a copy of Rebecca Clegg’s Southwold: Portraits of an English Seaside Town, which charts the development of the town and provides some incredible images. One of the very best SOuthwold books out there.
A unique Southwold book experience, Angela Taylor’s The Southwold Adventure: a book for girls age 6, 7, 8 and 9! (girls books) is a great read for girls, and lets them explore the town while enjoying a thrilling mystery. A great holiday read.
For a real insight into the sights of Southwold over the years, you won’t find a better collection of photos than John Miller’s Southwold in Old Photographs (Britain in Old Photographs). THis beautifully presented book spans over a century in Southwold history.
East Anglia is hugely popular with rail enthusiasts thanks to its network of branch lines and its well-preserved Victorian stations. Vic Mitchell and Keith Smith’s Branch Line to Southwold (Branch Lines) takes readers on a journey down one of the East’s most scenic lines, and is brimming with trivia and unique perspective. If you or someone you know is a rail-nut, this is the perfect Southwold railway book.
If you’re looking for a gift for someone who loves SOuthwold, then you can’t do better than Alan Childs’ Perfect Southwold, which takes readers on a tour of the very best of the town, making it a truly indispensable Southwold book.
With a foreword by Michael Palin, John Miller’s The Best of Southwold is a real must-read and has a place on every Southwold-lover’s bookshelf. Combining personal recollections with beautiful photos and original research, this Southwold book is a real treat.