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Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Tucked away a few miles from a popular stretch of Suffolk coastline, Halesworth makes a perfect place to take a break
Where is Halesworth?
Halesworth is 24 miles south-east of Norwich and is relatively easy to reach. If you are travelling by car take the A146 towards Lowestoft, then pick up the B1332 to Bungay. Once you get to Bungay follow signs to Halesworth on the A144.
A veritable array of delightful curio shops and quaint independent stores brimming with original gift ideas await visitors to the town.
Although Halesworth is small it retains a real sense of individuality in comparison with some of its larger neighbours.
St Mary's Church is beautiful, as are the distinctive former almshouses in Steeple End that now house Halesworth & District Museum - which is open May to September.
George Lansbury, founder member of the Labour Party, pacifist and grandfather of actress Angela, was born near Halesworth in a cottage on the Bramfield Road.
Did you know?
Halesworth used to issue its own banknotes. A five-guinea banknote, issued by the Suffolk and Halesworth Bank in 1799, has been recovered. The Halesworth Branch was opened in 1782 as Gurneys and Turner and issued its own notes from 1799 onwards.