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1870 Denes

An Historical Account of the Lowestoft Denes  

The term denes is an earlier version of dunes. It derives from OE dūn, meaning “a hill”, and became applied to coastal sandhills during the late medieval period – being first identified in a printed source dating from the year 1523. In Lowestoft’s case, any undulating effect may never have been very great as a result of tidal action and the effect of the wind, and the progressive development of scrub-growth of one kind and another would have moderated this even further.

Vinyl Night at the Triangle poster

Triangle Vinyl Night

The Polemical Bothers present your vinyl.


Wouldn't it be GREAT if...

A collection of musings and ideas that may benefit the local community.. if only we could remember what they are! lol

  • High Street leaflet highlighting the amazing diversity of businesses we have
  • Use content from above as features on Facebook
  • High St traders group (see Tim for details)
  • Mini beach train but serving High St (hey all ideas welcome)
  • A mailing list with regular updates/ offers
  • umm .. other things that Piers said

Please add other ideas in the comments below...


TT Quiz Night

The Triangle Tavern, home to Green Jack Beers and a juke-box-less front bar, is starting up its Quiz Nights again. At the moment it's monthly, but if it works, it might go fortnightly. 

The 2nd Prize – a unique Quiz t-shirt

The Cost - £2.00 per person (cash only)

The Teams – max 5 per team, min 1 person . One person teams get automatic 5 bonus points

The Rounds – Five rounds – usually 2 general, 1 single category eg 'science', 1 local, 1 sound or picture.


Persistent Vision

Our local film club..

Book tickets 

Next we have 



Devereux wall advert restoration

Plans are afoot to try and sensitively recreate this 100 year old wall advert. It will reflect and celebrate the restoration and revitalisation going on currently throughout Lowestoft but particularly on the historic High Street. 

 The property owner is supportive of the project so work is now underway to raise the £8,000 the project will require. 

 Any info about 'Football Tea' gratefully received, especially if it's historical evidence.


The Second Light House in Great Britain

#LowestoftDaysOfChristmas 7th day.. SECOND LIGHTHOUSE "Lowestoft...oldest established Lighthouse Station in Great Britain" (Caister had the first Trinity House leading lights (1607) - and Lowestoft was second (1609))

This is a timeline of Lowestoft's Lighthouse Stations. 

Suffolk Histories Meeting

ItemDescription Action
We are Offering
  • New website
  •  Training to use it
  • Free supports and maintenance for min 5 years
  • Ancestry records training
  • Preservation of project to future generations in multiple formats
We are requesting
  • Enthusiastic team keen to do research (4-6 people) (with our backup)
Demo/presentation links

Marketing support pack

Thank you for expressing your interest in using the Lowestoft branding assets.   Within the google drive there will be access to the Lowestoft Story, The Lowestoft Toolkit (brand guidelines), The Font, visual identity, visual language and the photography elements.   The link to access the documents is below

If you have any questions regarding anything within the google drive, then please let me know.

Last Resort by Alison Laurie

Book Club Meetup

We look forward to welcoming you :-)

Our Next book 

Get the book from: Moral of The Story Bookshop


Damage at Ness Point

The mindless, unnecessary, criminal damage that is currently happening to the most easterly landmark in the UK must stop. The recent damage, (5/12/23) to the Euroscope at Ness Point will cost thousands of pounds of tax payers’ money to repair. 

The damage has been reported to the police. Please come forward with any information you may have on why this damaging action is happening and who the perpetrator may be. Please contact Suffolk Police on with any information by reporting online



#LowestoftDaysOfChristmas 10th day.. FROM SWAN INN and CROMWELL's HQ to well loved shops in many guises. Nos. 41-42 High Street, as seen today, are replacement buildings for "The Swan" inn, which once occupied the site and served as one of Lowestoft's premier hostelries during the 16th and 17th centuries. It was where Oliver Cromwell stayed overnight on 14 March 1643/44, when he came to Lowestoft (from Cambridge) with a force of cavalry, having heard tell of a shipment of arms either entering or leaving the town (it has never been established which).

Poster for Bulky Waste Disposal Scheme

Bulky Waste Free Collection and Disposal Scheme

Sometimes we have big household items which we need to replace. Quite often the replacements are second-hand, and households are left with large things which are difficult to get rid of, especially if you don't have access to a van or a trailer or something. And so sometimes they get dumped in back alleys or on the street. Fly-tipping. No one wants that.

Lowestoft Town Council has a remedy. They are funding a trial scheme 'Bulky Waste Free Collection and Disposal' service.

William Buckingham Beatton

Football's Role in Wartime

Many professional footballers served in the forces. Those killed in action included Lowestoft's own Ivan Flowers who played for Wolverhampton Wanderers and Mansfield Town. At a local level Abiah Sabberton (who also took part in tug of war), Thomas Chenery were both in the Great Eastern Railway football team. In 1898 Lowestoft football team captain, William Beatton, so impressed the opposing team Aston Villa (FA Cup winners and officially the best team in England) that they asked him to join them!
Safe room

From Counting House to Cosy House!

From 'Counting House' in 1812 to now a welcoming private residence , via a Bank manager taking refuge under his bed covers to avoid wartime bomb damage and a 1960's modern refit, this building has been through more than most!
A perspective view of Lowestoft from the N. E. Battery by J. Cole, 1790

The Hanging Gardens of North Lowestoft

by Susan Steward and Harry Grainger

missing pieces

Missing Pieces Project

Historic England's Missing Pieces Project invites you to share your pictures and stories of the unique, significant and memorable places on the National Heritage List for England (otherwise known as ‘the List’). The List is a register of all nationally protected historic buildings and sites across England.

Your view of a place, including Lowestoft,  is as unique as you are, so every snapshot and story you add is an important piece of the picture. 


Dean Parkin - Book Signing


Janice Burns & Jon Doran

Mayfly - Janice Burns & Jon Doran

Janice Burns & Jon Doran make a much-anticipated return to Lowestoft this winter!

Janice Burns & Jon Doran are an award-winning Anglo-Scottish duo who came together after discovering a shared love of traditional music. Their songs tell vivid stories about the nature of life and our place in the world. SOLD OUT


The Grit - A Myriad Delight

You go beneath some scaffolding, through a couple of doors, turn left and suddenly there's a different vista in front of you. Fairy lights, huge Desmond Baldry local landscapes, there's Books and Prints, an array of tables. Even a real piano. A counter. And quite likely, a smiling Piers. It all draws you in.

The Grit is an inviting place, which is odd as it's housed inside a brutal fortress County Court constructed in 1989, then closed twenty seven years later.


Downhill from here!

#LowestoftSKYLINE Challenge #2 because there is a ground level drop of over 10m between the top of the High street and the bottom, if we positioned each building accurately placing the Town Hall was at ground level (bottom of the screen) then Old Devereux building would be mostly underground! So we need to subtlety adjust each building image to ensure the Skyline page works correctly and makes maximum use of the screen area. This has a knock on effect when sizing each building correctly relative to each other, more on this next week. Launch date Sat 13/1/24


Featured in National Magazine

#ourfallenlowestoft FEATURED IN BBC NATIONAL MAGAZINE! Current issue of “Who Do You Think You Are?  Special thanks to Lowestoft Town Council and everyone who has generously shared their photos and memories with us. 


True Colours Meetup

True Colours is a new group for the LGBTQ+ (over 18) community in Lowestoft. We meet socially once a month at The Kirkley Centre and we also organise walking trips, days out and other events for the LGBTQ+


Town Hall Challenges and Opportunities

Without doubt, the biggest technical challenge for retrofitting historic buildings, such as Lowestoft Town Hall, is accommodating plant and services. Air-source heat pumps (ASHP) cannot be placed in basements, unlike traditional boilers, as they need air (obviously). They also must be visually and acoustically screened. Read more CREDIT:


Stand back!

The first challenge is that many High Street buildings are so tall that even standing the other side of the street it isn’t possible to fit it all in! So as you can see in this example you have to take at an angle and then correct the perspective, add a very wide border to avoid losing any building details!. (Apple Photos > Edit > Crop > Vertical ) Having rechecked its height relative to the adjoining buildings we can then add it into the Skyline project. Only 152 still to do!

Image: Book Sale Poster 16th December

Triangle Book Sale for Shed

Front Bar. Triangle Tavern. Book Sale in aid of North Lowestoft Men's Shed


Look Up!

#LowestoftSKYLINE! For our next project we are celebrating the wonderful architecture we STILL have in Lowestoft and particularly in the Historic High Street. It is easy to look at a tired shop front and concentrate on what has been lost when if we would only LOOK UP we would see that 95% is still there and worthy of celebration and further investigation. To be launched this January and with wonderful insights written by local historian David Butcher, high resolution photos and links to Historic England. More to follow :-)


£10m multi-use hub Town Hall

A £10m transformation of a former town hall building will bring "social and economic benefit", a council said.

The granting of planning permission means the building in Lowestoft, Suffolk, will become a multi-use hub and will include a cafe, gallery and a community event space. CREDIT: BBC 

Image old post in concrete base

History of NLMS Land

The History of the Land of Hope and Dreams

North Lowestoft Men's Shed is currently residing in a steel shed on the wasteland just to the west of Lowestoft Central Station's car park.

This is what we know of the land's history so far.

So far as we have discovered, there were no buildings on the land prior to the arrival of the railway in 1847.

However, the easternmost edge of Lake Lothing was there, and there may have been a quayside of some description – or maybe it was marshland?

Soon after 1947 siding was built


Shopfronts Research Report

In 2019 Katie Carmichael wrote a research report on the shopfronts which survive on Lowestoft High Street display elements of styles and materials typical of their time, from the 1840s to the present day, whilst the evidence for lost historic shopfronts helps us to understand the character of the High Street over time.  

Image: Use Your Voice Mural, Wollaston Rd, Lowestoft

Lowestoft, an MP, The Lords and Climate Change

Local community group #We Are Here Lowestoft (#WAHL) has had a significant influence on our MP, Peter Aldous, and on this government's response to the Climate Change Emergency.

The Government has been forcing through parliament its Levelling-Up and Regeneration Bill. Some intense lobbying of politicians over several years resulted in several important amendments being inserted. In a classic to-and-fro between the House of Commons and the House of Lords the amendments were removed in the Commons and re-instated in the Lords. 


Where Abouts Is...??

 A new feature of the website is that from any High Street building page you can see it in the context of where it is in the street, relative to other buildings via a link (RHS or bottom) that takes you to the correct position in our street stroll! e.g. 

It even knows which of the two strolls to show it on, the east side or west side.. clever LOL

best wishes - Joe


New Local History Book

Lowestoft, 1550-1750: Development and Change in a Suffolk Coastal Town by David Butcher

A detailed history of the town of Lowestoft, its society, economy, and topography. `A superbly researched study.... An excellent addition not only to the history of Suffolk but of early modern society and economy more generally.' Professor RICHARD SMITH, University of Cambridge.


Lowestoft Cycling Route Map

Map of all the designated cycling routes round Lowestoft, and lots of other information, including bike shops and useful addresses.

Click on the link below and the map will open in a separate window. Use the 'back' button to return here. You can download it, too.

Some of the Bike Shops listed on the map no longer exist. Below is list of local shops that do!

Dunx Cycles
Bicycle store in Lowestoft, England
100 High St, Lowestoft NR32 1XW

01502 218118Website


Lost End Of High Street

It is hard to make sense of the lost buildings at the top of High Street when all that is left is a long stretch of grass. So we started with an 1893 map that had TWO buildings that are STILL here today Arnold House (4) and The Flint House (now called The Royal Falcon (26)). 


Milestones Jazz

Milestones is resident at Hotel Hatfield, Esplanade, Lowestoft and opens its doors at 7pm on the first Sunday of every month with an admission price of usually £14

Image: Maria Demierre, Hugh Davies, John Ellerby

Lowdown Creates Festival Hoedown

Lowdown Creates Festival Hoedown

Lowestoft's culture zine, Lowdown, took a version of itself to FolkEast (August 17 – 20), and produced three editions in three days, plus a super-fast late-late Final, complete with a World Cup report!

Image: Post card to Rishi

Postcard to Rishi Sunak from Lowestoft

If you were on Lowestoft's sunny South Beach on 28th August you may have seen people writing in the sand. It was a huge postcard to Rishi Sunak, our current Prime Minister. 

Dear Rishi, hear our voice, save our beach, Floods 1953. Love, Lowestoft xxx”.

Many people watched and commented, and some Lowdown postcards – Lowdown's favourite social media – were completed. Being a holiday town, it wasn't just locals. 

Alternative Master Plan View

Cultural or What!

The period of consultation was only 16 days. Get your comments in. See link below.

East Suffolk Council have announced their plans for the Battery Green car park and surrounding area.

The design team are Norwich-based architects Chaplin Farrant and Hemingway Design.

On Wednesday 4th October they presented a small exhibition showcasing the plans for us, the potential users, to examine.

It's not hard to think this is a Good Idea.

Small section only see MAIN FILE attached to text below

Our Fallen Maps

What do over 2000 casualties look like (large file)? As a spreadsheet, it looks interesting. Plot the home address to a street map, and the impact is sobering in its power.

The software we use could not cope with it on a single map without crashing, so we had to  slice it into THREE sections.


Christmas Market

Sat, Dec. 2, 2023 10:00am — 3:00pm Join the festivities with our Christmas Market. The market is part of the build up to the Lowestoft Christmas Light Switch-On

Triangle Trees October 2023

Jamie's Tree is no different

It's not all that often that we can congratulate local councils.

Lowestoft Town Council has – it seems – listened to people and made some sensible decisions.

They had proposed bringing down the Triangle sails. Contentious, but not outrageous. This has been done. 

But they also proposed removing three of the four trees gracing the Triangle. There weren't many in the area who understood this idea. And they complained and objected.

The patio mesh pic

Shed Patio is born!

North Lowestoft Men's Shed (aka NLMS) continues to consolidate its base. In this case, building a patio.

Using gravel-mesh as the patio base our next step is to spread gravel over it all. This will create a solid and secure surface on which to put our donated garden and chair set to catch the last of the summer sun.

We've also been donated high-quality kitchen cupboards by Lowestoft Tile Company in Wilde Street. A piece of work-surface has been attached to a metal table frame found abandoned in the High Street to create a work table.

We have a flag, too.

Early advert

Street Stroll - How?

The Lowestoft Old and Now High Street Stroll

Creating the Stroll is technically quite difficult, and we use several different pieces of software and some specific coding to make it work. 

The basic idea is to reproduce a walk along Lowestoft's Historic High Street. Simples, eh.. We wanted to show it as it is, and simultaneously include historical information about the buildings. ( WEST side, EAST side, more )

Triangle Trees 10th November 2022

Triangle Tree NOT for the chop!

Reported rumours that Triangle Trees were for the chop turn out to be true – sort of.

LO&N published on Friday 11th a story which noted rumours that the four trees in front of the Sails were coming down.

We wrote that clearly this was unlikely, as Lowestoft Town Council (LTC) recognised Climate Emergency and was an Earth Protector.

We had asked LTC what was going on.

Now, we have more facts.

Use It All and Lowestoft Old and Now

Lowestoft Heritage Futures in the Triangle Market

Use It All, Lowestoft Old and Now Community Website, Food Savvy/Suffolk Recycle, Most Easterly Community Group, Friends of Dip Farm and Lowestoft Town Council all had stalls under the Triangle Sails on Saturday the 18th September 2021.

Lowestoft Heritage Open Days Week seems to have been a tremendous success, again. An amazing amount of effort and work put into it right across Lowestoft, mostly by volunteers. An astonishing 115 events were listed.

Lowestoft Triangle Market August 2020

History of Triangle Market

This is a chronological account of Lowestoft's Triangle Market, which has been in existence for over 700 years. 

1208 King John issued Charter to Great Yarmouth creating Great Yarmouth as a free Burgh and other useful things, but were “...not being allowed to receive any custom of goods bought or sold in the market in Lothingland at any time of the year.” (Gillingwater's History of Lowestoft A reprint: with a chapter of more recent events by AE Murton 1897)

1251 Kessingland Market Charter granted in the reign of Henry 111

Pedestrian Zone Street Sign image

Eternal Triangle - It's No Waiting at Any Time

At the junction of St Peter's Street and the High Street there's a big sign saying 'Pedestrian Zone'. It looks quite clear to me but cars regularly pass by it. There were two signs but one of the signs was removed about a couple of weeks ago. Don't know why, or by whom.

The cars, the vans, even the bicycles, in that triangular area and down the road have long caused problems to people who foolishly think that when a big official sign says 'Pedestrian Zone' that's what it means.

The MoloToVs

The MoloToVs

Energetic Mod/Punk/Britpop London trio who have supported the likes of Blondie, The Libertines, Paul Cook & Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols), & more!



One of the key features of this site is its ability to turn all content (that relates to a location) into a dynamic map and then filter it to show similar content together. 

For example we have information about allotments. So if you go to the web address BUT then add allotments at the end you will see (have a guess!)