In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Lowestoft like this:
Lowestoft, mun. bor., seaport, watering-place, market town, and par., Suffolk, 10 miles S. of Yarmouth by road and 16 miles by rail, and 113 miles from London - par., 1685 ac. (200 water), pop. 16,755; bor. (comprising Lowestoft and Kirkley pars.), 2264 ac., pop. 19,696; 4 Banks, 3 newspapers. Market-day, Wednesday. Not long ago Lowestoft was a quiet fishing station, but it has now become a thriving and important town, chiefly on account of the impetus given to its industries by the construction of a harbour, piers, and docks, and by the extension of the railway. ...
These improvements have given life to an extensive shipping traffic, while the fisheries, for which the port has long been famed, have risen to great importance and value. (For shipping statistics, see Appendix.) On the cliff is Lowestoft High Lighthouse, 53 ft. high, with revolving light 123 ft. above high water and seen 16 miles, and on the Ness, ½ mile distant, is Lowestoft Low Lighthouse, 48 ft. high, with occulting light 40 ft. above high water and seen 11 miles. The new dock (covering between 10 and 11 acres), opened in 1883, with its fish market, is used by drift-net boats; while trawlers have accommodation at the old dock and fish-market. Lowestoft occupies the most easterly point of land in England, and is much frequented for its bathing. The herring fishing is its great industry, connected with which there are boatbuilding, sail making, and rope and twine making. There are also large oil mills, flour mills, and coach works. Lowestoft was made a municipal borough in 1885.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Lowestoft has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Waveney. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Lowestoft and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Lowestoft, in Waveney and Suffolk | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 12th December 2013
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