Southwold Sailors' Reading Room, Southwold

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The Southwold Sailors' Reading Room is a Grade II listed building on the seafront at Southwold, England. It was built in 1864 as a place for fishermen and mariners to read, as an alternative to drinking in pubs, and also to encourage the pursuit of Christian ideals.

The room has a number of historic displays of model boats and other maritime objects in glass cabinets.
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  • This is a great place to see some amazing memorabilia of Southwold in its fishing fleet heyday! Everything from photographs of local characters, to figure heads and amazing models of ships used in...  more »
  • An integral part of Southwold and it’s history. Well worth a visit to learn so much of long ago lives connected with the sea.  more »
  • A proper look back at the maritime history of the area. Artefacts of all kinds from a bygone era on display. Space to sit and dream, talk or read. A couple of draughts boards on a long trestle table should you fancy a game. A Members' Room, separated from the public space by a code-locked door. The Reading Room is a delightful, nostalgic, romantic step back in time, especially for those with an interest in the maritime past. Pop in and have a look. I'm sure you'll be pleased that you did.
  • It's charming in itself, full of interesting curiosities, but if I'm honest the thing I use the most are the benches outside. These are by far the best place to enjoy a pint from the Nelson.
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