A mixture of SPS Members and new faces joined us for a fascinating day out in Lowestoft on 20 April.
We started the day at the East Anglian Transport Museum with a welcome from SPS Director, Fiona Cairns and an introduction to the projects and activities in the Lowestoft Heritage Action Zones from the East Suffolk HAZ project manager, Rebecca Styles.
Everyone then hopped onto a vintage bus for the trip into town entertained and informed by commentary from Ivan Bunn, well-known local historian. We were then treated to three owner-conducted tours of the interiors of fascinating historic houses on the east side of the High Street – one was once owned by Sir Thomas Allin, an Admiral in the Anglo-Dutch Wars (who later moved to Somerleyton Hall), another a former apothecary’s shop still laid out as such and a house dating back to the 16th century which was thought to have been used as a sugar factory.
Safely transported back on the vintage bus, we all had the chance to stay on to have a look at the transport museum in the afternoon.
Many thanks to all who helped to make the day possible, including Rebecca, the home owners who opened their doors to us, and all the volunteers at the museum.