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Our favourite Suffolk villages: Walberswick

PUBLISHED: 17:29 23 June 2010 | UPDATED: 17:24 20 February 2013

Our favourite Suffolk villages: Walberswick

Our favourite Suffolk villages: Walberswick

It's no surprise that Walberswick is one of the county's favourite coastal villages, says Alex Henley

It's no surprise that Walberswick is one of the county's favourite coastal villages, says Alex Henley




A haven for wildlife, as well as the lesser spotted celebrity, Walberswick maintains its charm despite no longer being a best kept secret among Suffolk destinations.
In the 1890s and 1900s the village became associated with Philip Wilson Steer and his circle of English Impressionists. It was home to the noted artist and architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh from 1914. It was also the birthplace of Oscar nominated documentary film maker Humphrey Jennings famous for his World War II documentaries.
The 1992 film The Bridge, directed by Syd Macartney was set here. The bridge of the title could easily be one thats east of the River Blyth but the whole backdrop is gorgeous. With birdsong overhead and the gentle swish of reeds swaying in the coastal breeze this is a magical place and extremely restful.
A shop or two, a little caf and a couple of good pubs, The Anchor and the Bell, complete the idyllic setting.
These days a good dozen or so celebrities have, or still own, holiday homes in the village including the late Sir Clement Freud and his wife Jill, and their daughter, Emma Freud and her husband Richard Curtis. Meanwhile Martin Bell, Paul Greengrass, Simon Mayo and Geoffrey Palmer maintain properties in the area. The village is the setting for Esther Freud's novel, The Sea House.
Of course, the village is famous for its annual crabbing competition The British Open Crabbing Championship, held every August. The person who catches the single heaviest crab within a period of 90 minutes (and often with bacon as bait) is declared the winner. The proceeds go towards strengthening Walberswicks sea defences.

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