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Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Loddon, a town situated just a few miles from Norwich boasting a host of facilities but with a friendly village atmosphere.
Where is Loddon?
Nestling just beside the main A146 Norwich to Beccles road, around 10 miles south of the city, Loddon has all the benefits of easy access with no through traffic.
Loddon, which has been designated a conservation area, is the only town of any size in South Norfolk with direct access to the Broads and is a major centre for tourism with a number of boatyards based on the River Chet providing hire craft for holiday makers.
The centre is dominated by the church of the Holy Trinity, (right) built at the end of the 15th century, with Church Plain at its front which provides a focal point for the town.
The tourism industry centres on the pretty Loddon staithe.
The town grew on the hill to the south of the River Chet, much as its neighbouring parish Chedgrave grew on the hill to the north of the river, close to the ford which gave a convenient crossing on the westerly edge of the marshes.
The name is said to derive from the Anglo-Saxon word for muddy river.
There are several specialist shops as well as friendly grocery stores.