A coastal village with a fascinating maritime history
Sat atop a dramatic cliff and with a panoramic view out to the North Sea, Pakefield is a quaint suburb of Lowestoft with an identity that is all its own. Echoes of Pakefield’s maritime past are all around, from the little fishermen’s cottages to the diminutive 19th century lighthouse. Whether you visit for the day or stay for a long weekend your imagination will surely be captivated by this peaceful and understated historic coastal gem.
Did you know?
Pakefield has plenty of evidence of the significant coastal erosion its cliffs have suffered over the years. It is perhaps because of this that it is a geological site of special interest, with the crumbling cliffs revealing many important finds such as fossils and even flint tools dating back to 700,000 bc- some of the earliest pieces of evidence of human habitation. In addition, the known history of the horse in Britain begins with remains excavated in Pakefield. Today you can often see horses from the local riding school galloping along the sand just as their ancestors did many years ago.
Sitting atop the cliff, the beautiful All Saints abs Saint Margarets Church, was in fact once two churches. The two separate parish churches sat side by side until the 18th century. However, the easternmost of these former parishes has now been completely taken by the sea.
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