Southwold, set on the Suffolk Heritage Coast, has been described as the most perfect seaside town in
England, and few of the thousands who visit the place each year would disagree. Seemingly timeless, and
displaying a wide range of building styles the houses of the town sit on what is almost an island, bounded by
the North Sea, the River Blyth and Buss Creek. Indeed its famous lighthouse adds to its sense of splendid
In this book photographer Alan Childs captures the perfection of Southwold both in the broader sweep of
the town and through the individual and distinctive character of its buildings. From the gaily painted beach
huts and the pier to the splendour of its many delighted Georgian and Victorian town houses separated by
the town’s many greens and open spaces. Southwold, ‘easily the loveliest town in East Anglia’
Aimed at both those lucky enough to live in Southwold (‘easily the loveliest town in East Anglia’), and as a
memento for those visiting Suffolk, Perfect Southwold is indeed the perfect book.
Alan Childs, photographer and author, lives in Norfolk and has produced a number of
books about East Anglia including A Portrait of Norwich and Discover the North Norfolk
Coast. He is also co-author of The ManWho Loved Horses:The Story of Jack Juby, Face to
Face, and Holt Hall – An Illustrated History.
Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 1 84114 723 9, hardback, 214x230mm, 144 pages. Published June 2008.
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