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Harwich
October 3, 2008
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Harwich has a high lighthouse and a low lighthouse that, together, functioned as "Leading Lights". The scheme was to keep the lights in line one over the other to arrive safely in the harbor. This is the now non-operational High Lighthouse from 1818


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The Low Lighthouse, now a crumbling museum is right on the beach. Because of shifting sand bar patterns, the Leading Lights came to be known as the Misleading Lights and were abandoned around the turn of the 20th century


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The Harwich Redoubt is a defensive structure installed to ward off the Frenchies during the Napoleonic Wars. It obviously served its purpose since the French were never seen anywhere near here


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An example of the prized architecture


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Heavens knows what Harwich does for the education of youngsters. This 1875 infant school is now a book emporium


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And the Harwich Primary School was recently torched, possibly by a disgruntled "yoof"


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The steeple of St Nicholas, the Patron Saint of Sailors. Highlight of WWI - a bomb dropped by a Zeppelin narrowly missed the church in 1917, bet you didn't know that!


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Nave and apse of the church, built in 1821 to replace the earlier structure that had become unstable. There has been a church on this site since 1177 offering retreat to Crusaders, Kings, Queens, and Princes


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Try as we might, we were quite unable to track down the whereabouts of the current lifeboat. Peering through the windows of this museum, we came to believe that the old one is missing as well


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I fell in love with this little gem. A nice jacket peppered with brass buttons with a matching captain's hat - what do you think?


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The Electric Palace's claim to fame is having the oldest working projection system installed when it was built in 1911. Seems to me this could be mistaken for resistance to progress


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Still, the entrance is impressive - who wouldn't want to play Bingo here?


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Oh-oh, Harwich has murals. Long suspected as a "circling the drain' symptom, things do not look good


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For such a small city, Harwich should be proud of its surviving pubs. Here is the New Bell Inn...


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... The Globe ...


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The Pier Hotel #1


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and #2


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The British Flag


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and the Billy


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and finally, Mariners


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In its prime, Harwich was firmly woven into the fabric of history. Here is an abstract of one famous son


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The seed of another momentous piece of history...


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...and that Pepys fellow, he seems to crop up everywhere


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In the winter of 1953 the east coast of England was inundated with colossal floods (Global Wetting probably) with some loss of life and huge loss of property. This plaque memorializes the fact that the houses shown were donated by the Norwegians to assist recovery
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