Category Archives: Shingle Street

Shingle Street – German Ocean Mansion

Shingle Street is not somewhere you go for the architecture. Pevsner ignores it in his Suffolk, though that is no surprise.  Its distinctions are found in the works of nature, not humankind.  Yet the hamlet is not without interest, with … Continue reading

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Shingle Street 29

A visit to Shingle Street yesterday – first since October 2020 – a day of haze and bright April sun with skylarks singing and hares out on the marshes.  The cycle of changes rolls on: a new island has formed … Continue reading

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Shingle Street 28 – Oxley Marshes

Shingle Street doesn’t appear on any 18th century maps.  Where the hamlet now stands was a bleak, deserted, curve of coast facing the sun: on one side the sea and shifting shingle banks of Hollesley Bay; and on the other … Continue reading

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Shingle Street

Low tide reveals the London clay on which the shingle bank at Shingle Street is built.

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Shingle Street 26 – Shell Line

Sculptors have drawn the shell line with the chalky remains of the common whelk, or buckie, Buccinum undatum.  Shellcraft artists have punctuated the line with a crown of bleached common starfish, Asterias rubens, and a necklace of purply ridged common … Continue reading

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Shingle Street Tank Trap

A row of 22 anti-tank blocks stride across the marsh at the south end of Shingle Street where it joins Bawdsey Beach.  Today it seems a strange spot for such defences, but once it blocked an exit off the beach … Continue reading

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Shingle Blue

Blue rope at Shingle Street autumn 2020.

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Shingle Street 24

Is there a single word that expresses Shingle Street’s sense of place?  I’ve described it variously as curious and haunting, alien and austere, words associated with its remoteness, the overwhelming size of the shingle bank and the always threatening presence … Continue reading

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Shingle Street 23

Shingle Street now has two tidal lagoons.  A new lagoon has formed to the north of the original one, close to the cottage known as The Beacon, since I was there in December 2019.  At high tide today it was … Continue reading

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Shingle Street 22

‘Well, our visitors have been, and gone, and also mother and Joan, and I think they all enjoyed themselves what little time they were here, although Arthur was afraid that he would be frozen down here, as he had never … Continue reading

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Shingle Street 21

Tuesday 31st December, the end of 2019, but not the end of the disruption to the norm that extends from around December 20th to a point in the New Year when the sales are exhausted and those that have too … Continue reading

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Shingle Street 20

A feather-topped fetish has appeared at the end of the whelk line where the shingle ridge plunges to the sea.  At its foot feathers planted in the stones shiver in the wind.

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Shingle Street 19

Roy Hammans reminded me this week that Shingle Street ‘is a place that lends itself to solitary contemplation, especially when you get there in darkness and there’s no one else around’ (he was there to see the sunrise).  He’s right: … Continue reading

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Shingle Street 18

In my post of 13th January 2018 I described a ‘crater-like depression’ on the beach at Shingle Street.  I said, ‘There is a little standing water, probably left over from and original inlet connected to the sea – the bottom … Continue reading

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Shingle Street – ‘Yesterday’

This is one of my favourite pictures of Shingle Street, first posted in July 2012. The Beacon, as this bungalow is known, achieves an unexpected celebrity in the new Danny Boyle / Richard Curtis film ‘Yesterday’ as the home of … Continue reading

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