This is another book in the "Halsgrove Parish History" series, reminding us of the people and events that have made our communities what they are today - celebrating the past and providing a stepping stone to the future. The photographs in this unique volume, many of them previously unpublished, are a vital record of the history and inhabitants of this ancient settlement brought together from across the community. This large Suffolk village, the most easterly in England, has a long and varied history. Stone Age implements have been dug up here, from the days when the area was part of mainland Europe. Kessingland was once a large and vibrant port that paid annual taxes of 22,000 herrings to the Crown. There was a thriving harbour and the village prospered in medieval times, but was decimated by the Black Death. By the mid 1900s both fishing and farming were in decline, but the growing tourist trade made Kessingland a popular resort with three holiday camps a heritage coast and important wildlife. With an influx of residents from London, Essex and Hertfordshire, there is now a mix of long-standing village families and those who have retired to the area.
Kessignland's rich history has caused it to diversify and adapt to each situation, rising to new challenges with the help of its enduring community spirit. All this, and much more, is detailed in this 160 page book, copiously illustrated throughout with over 300 historic photographs of the places and people who have made up the thriving community of Kessingland and its surrounding parish.