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Tuesday, April 13, 2010
East Anglia is peppered with villages which have more than their fair share of stories to tell. One is Blundeston, near Lowestoft
The village is one of a string of communities between Lowestoft and Yarmouth. Being close to the border, many of these villages are fierce about which side they sit Blundeston is very definitely in Suffolk.
With churches, pubs, a school and a prison, the village is far from quiet.
The Rookery in the village was the fictional home of Charles Dickenss character David Copperfield.
The book of the same name makes several references to Blunderstone and even the menu at the Plough Inn carries reminders of the 1850 novel. A plaque above the door reveals: Barkis (the carrier) from the novel David Copperfield by Charles Dickens started from here.
Blundeston has a church, St Marys, with a Saxon tower that pre-dates the Norman invasion of 1066. A disused windmill sits near the centre of the village and a small, red-brick village pound (right) is still standing to the east of the church.
A major feature is the prison to the south of the village.
Somerleyton Hall and estate is nearby. The hall is still a family home and the estate includes Fritton Lake Countryworld.
Also on the doorstep are the coastal holiday villages of Corton and Hopton. On the north edge of Lowestoft, and less than five miles away, is Pleasurewood Hills American Theme Park and a short trip in the car brings you to Oulton Broad with its day boats, park and hungry ducks.