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Oulton Broad
Oulton Broad Swingbridge.jpg

Oulton Broad Swingbridge
Oulton Broad is located in Suffolk
Oulton Broad
Oulton Broad
Location within Suffolk
Population4,619 (Census, 2011)[1]
Civil parish
  • Oulton Broad
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtNR32, NR33
Dialling code01502
UK Parliament
List of places
52°28′01″N 1°43′01″E / 52.467°N 1.717°E / 52.467; 1.717

Oulton Broad refers to both the lake and the suburb and electoral ward of Lowestoft in Suffolk, England, located 2 miles (3.2 km) west of the centre of the town.

Oulton Broad

Oulton Broad, September 1995. From the Commodore Road edge
Oulton Broad, September 1995. From the Commodore Road edge

Oulton Broad is an expanse of water and marsh which forms part of the network of man-made bodies of water known as The Broads. It is believed to be the remnant of medieval peat cutting.[2] To the east it is linked by Mutford Lock to the saltwater Lake Lothing which passes through the centre of Lowestoft and opens into the North Sea. To the west it is linked by Oulton Dyke to the River Waveney.

The Broad is the most southern area of open water in the Broads system, and is a busy tourist and sporting centre. It is used for a variety of watersports, including powerboat racing, and as the base for boat hire.[3] Facilities include a yacht station and moorings as well as a 'village' of holiday chalets. Nicholas Everitt Park has an extensive water frontage. It is one of the few broads with residential areas adjacent, with houses to the north and flats to the east. The north side of the Broad is one of the most expensive residential areas in Lowestoft, with large detached houses having lake frontage.

While the eastern and north shores of the Broad are built up, the west and south-west are quiet and natural. This part of the lake can be reached on foot by walking through Nicholas Everitt Park and then by public footpaths and field across White Cast Marshes, an important nature conservation area. A civil parish was created in the 1 April 2017.[4]

Oulton Broad village

Oulton Broad was once a village separate from Lowestoft. Oulton Broad and Oulton Village were conurbated around the late 1950s with the building of the Rock estate.[citation needed] The original Oulton village covered all that land between the site of Oulton Broad South Railway station and the odd number side of what is now Sands Lane with the line of the Lowestoft-Ipswich railway separating Oulton as a whole from Kirkley and Lowestoft. Oulton Village was a somewhat smaller and largely amorphous village extending from the even number side of Sands Lane out across the fields to Somerleyton. The Oulton Broad conurbation eventually merged with Lowestoft with the development in the early 1990s of the new through-road system around Peto way on the north-east side of the village, which brought with it major development of what had remained until then very light residential and grassland.[citation needed] There is now no discernible boundary between Oulton Broad and Lowestoft, save for the presence of the two railway lines.[citation needed]

Bridge Road is Oulton Broad's main shopping street. Oulton Broad is served by two railway stations; Oulton Broad North on the Lowestoft-Norwich line, and Oulton Broad South on the Lowestoft-Ipswich line.[citation needed]

Nicholas Everitt Park

Nicholas Everitt Park fronts Oulton Broad.[5] Lowestoft Museum in the park was opened by Queen Elizabeth II.[citation needed] It houses one of the world's largest collections of Lowestoft porcelain. The Waveney and Oulton Broad Yacht Club is also located in Nicholas Everitt Park.

George Borrow

After marrying in 1840 the writer, traveller, and walker George Borrow moved to his wife's estate in Oulton Broad.[6] In between travels he wrote several books there. During the 1850s he moved away, but returned to Oulton Broad in 1874 where he stayed until his death in 1881. A hotel in the area was named after him, and now houses Hayden Chemists Head Office.[7]

General Alderson

Lieutenant-General Sir Edwin Alderson, a keen yachtsman and canoeist, lived in his last years on a houseboat moored at Oulton Broad, called "Fox", up until the month before his death in 1927. He and his wife entertained, especially during the yachting season, and he encouraged the Royal Canoe Sailing Club to hold competitions on the Broad.[8]


  1. ^ "Oulton Broad (ward), Key Statistics], Neighbourhood Statistics, Census 2011". Office of National Statistics. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Oulton Broad". Heritage gateway. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Powerboat racing". Lowestoft and Oulton Broad Motor Boat Club. Archived from the original on 28 March 2010. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  4. ^ "Waveney District Council (Reorganisation of Community Governance) Order 2017" (PDF). Lgbce. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Nicholas Everitt Park". Waveney district government. Archived from the original on 18 July 2007. Retrieved 2 August 2007.
  6. ^ "George Borrow page". site. Retrieved 2 August 2007.
  7. ^ "George Borrow Hotel page". Archived from the original on 8 July 2007. Retrieved 2 August 2007.
  8. ^ "Death of General Alderson at Lowestoft - Prominent Figure in Yachting Circles". Norfolk News and Weekly Press. 17 December 1927.

External links

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