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Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Discover what the North Suffolk village has to offer visitors
Where is Corton?
Corton is just a couple miles north of Lowestoft, on the Suffolk coast. Tucked between Pleasurewood Hills theme park, Hopton and the A12, the village hugs the rapidly disappearing cliff top.
What to see in Corton
The partly-ruined St Bartholomew's Church dominates Corton, and the imposing tower can be seen from the beach and the A12.
The nave is now a community hall while the 15th century tower stands hollow and ghostly.
Locals claim that the village has much history, and there is no doubt that the second world war kept the village busy. Two men died trying to disarm a German mine in 1942; while in 1940, an Italian Fiat fighter, flown by Sergente Antonio Lazzari, was shot down near the railway station.
Holidaymakers swell the village population by more than 600 each week in the summer.
The village is home to two holiday villages, and visitors can be seen everywhere from the church craft fair to the car boot sale.
Also the old railway has become a favourite haunt for ornithologists with sightings of the Arctic Warbler, Long-eared Owl and Rough-legged Buzzard in recent years.
St Bartholomew's church and railway track bed both give Corton a special character, as does the old gamekeeper's cottage on the corner of Corton Long Lane.
Also not to be missed is the sea - if you can get to it.
You are close to the most easterly point in the UK - but look out for naturists. Part of the beach was designated as a naturist site in 1979.