The old boating lake at Southwold – some pictures

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Southwold model boat and boating ponds in 1918

Southwold model boat and boating ponds in 1918. As usual, click on
the pictures for a larger picture

Southwold boating pond in the 1950s

Southwold boating pond in the 1950s

Bingo! I’m pleased and feel lucky that Nick Wood has sent me these two images of the boating lake at Southwold.

What intrigues me is that the earlier image includes some little sailing boats that are in some ways similar to the ones I remember from the sixties – small, heavy double-enders set up with a small balanced lug. However, these boats have much more sheer than I remember from my boyhood, and in any case it seems unlikely that the boats that were on the pond in in 1918 would still be on the water nearly 50 years later.

In the shallow water of the pond I remember there was no room for much of a keel, so the little boats could hardly beat at all – but I loved them anyway.

Thanks for the photos Nick – does anyone else have any images or recollections to share please?

The old boating pond by Southwold Pier

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Southwold Pier

The pier at the Suffolk seaside resort of Southwold, photographed
by Jukka1 and sourced from the Wikimedia

Does anyone out there recall the old boating pond close to Southwold Pier about 45 years ago? If so, do you have any photos to share?

I remember it with a lot of affection, but haven’t been able to find any photographs either in the house or on the World Wide Web, but feel sure many must have been taken over the years.

If you have any memories or shots to share I’d like to include them here at – so please email me at or use the Comments link below.