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Felixstowe is a North Sea seaport in Suffolk, England. The North Sea is a marginal, Epeiric sea of the Atlantic Ocean on the European Continental shelf. ||-||-|-||-||-||-||-||-||-|} A port is a facility for receiving Ships and transferring cargo Suffolk (ˈsʌfək is a non-metropolitan county of historic origin in East Anglia, England. England is a Country which is part of the United Kingdom. Its inhabitants account for more than 83% of the total UK population whilst its mainland It has the largest container port in the United Kingdom and is one of the Haven ports. Containerization (or containerisation) is a system of Intermodal freight transport Cargo Transport using standard ISO containers The Haven Ports are a group of five Ports on the East Coast of England, these are Port of Felixstowe, Port of Ipswich, Harwich International Situated across the estuary of the River Orwell and River Stour from Harwich in Essex. The River Orwell flows through the County of Suffolk in England. Harwich (ˈhærɪdʒ is a town in Essex England and one of the Haven ports, located on the coast with the North Sea Essex is a county in the East of England. The County town is Chelmsford, and the highest point of the county is Chrishall Common
A village has stood on the site since before the Norman conquest, eventually becoming a linchpin in England's defence, as proved when in 1667 Dutch soldiers landed and failed to capture [Landguard Fort]. A village is a clustered human settlement or community, larger than a hamlet, but smaller than a Town or City. A linchpin or lynchpin is a metal part used in Mechanical engineering to prevent a Wheel or other rotating part from sliding off the Axle it The town only became a major port in 1886. Year 1886 ( MDCCCLXXXVI) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common In addition to shipping, tourism increased, and a pier was constructed in 1905 but is soon to be demolished. A pier is a raised Walkway over water supported by widely spread Piles or pillars. Year 1905 ( MCMV) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common year starting Indeed, during the late Victorian period (after circa 1880) it became a fashionable resort, a trend initiated by the opening of Felixstowe railway station, the pier, (see above) and a visit by the then German imperial family. Felixstowe railway station is a Railway station serving the town of Felixstowe in Suffolk, England. It remained so until the late 1930s. The 1930s were described as an abrupt shift to more radical and conservative lifestyles as countries were struggling to find a solution to the Great Depression. In 1953, 38 died in the town in the North Sea flood. Year 1953 ( MCMLIII) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. The North Sea flood of 1953 and the associated storm combined to create a major Natural disaster which affected the coastlines of the Netherlands and England
The site of the last opposed invasion of England in 1667 and the first land battle of the Royal Marines. The current fort was built in the 18th century, and modified in the 19th century with substantial additional 19th/20th-century outside batteries. The fort hosts regular military re-enactments, including Darell's day with a Sealed Knot celebration of the last invasion, art exhibitions and alternative theatre. Landguard Fort is in the care of English Heritage and managed by the Landguard Fort Trust. It is open to the public 10 til 5 every day, April to the end of October.
A museum telling the story of Felixstowe, with a reference library, historic maps, photo archive and 14 rooms of artefacts from Roman finds, the Martello Towers, military social and domestic history through two world wars and into the new Millennium is managed by volunteers from the Felixstowe History and Museum Society. It is located in the old submarine mining establishment building at Landguard Point, between the Fort and Port and is open on Sundays, Bank Holidays and Wednesdays during the summer.
During the Second World War the majority of the pier, at the time one of the longest in the country and complete with its own train, was purposely demolished by Royal Engineers to prevent it being used as an easy landing point for enemy troops. World War II, or the Second World War, (often abbreviated WWII) was a global military conflict which involved a majority of the world's nations, including Unfortunately after the war the damage was never repaired and the pier never regained its original length. Felixstowe was also one of the few places bombed by the Italians during the Blitz. Mussolini's airforce proved to be no match for the RAF, who shot down a fair number of Italian biplanes over the channel and around Felixstowe itself - one of the few pictures of a shot-down Italian plane over the UK being from here.
By the late 1990s the pier had been neglected so badly that it was deemed to be unsafe and closed to the public. The 1990s collectively refers to the years between and including 1990 and 1999 Ambitious plans have been presented from time to time since the closure of the pier for its redevelopment along with large disused areas of the seafront near the former site of the Felixstowe Beach railway station, but nothing has come of them.
The sole remaining station, known as Felixstowe Town, opened in 1898 in the well-preserved building which now houses a Solar supermarket. In its prime the station saw more than 20 services an hour, but now hosts only one, the service to Ipswich. The station has only one platform, which has been created from the far end of one of the original platforms.
Felixstowe Beach railway station was demolished in 2004 despite a storm of protest from many local people keen on saving the 137 year-old historical building which the council had branded as 'unsafe'. Felixstowe Beach is a disused station on the Felixstowe Branch Line built in 1877. "MMIV" redirects here For the Modest Mouse album see " Baron von Bullshit Rides Again " The station was originally opened in 1877 and was used continuously until 1959, after which it was the site of a small printers for many years until its demolition. 
Felixstowe also had a third station, Felixstowe Pier, which was sited inside the area of the modern day docks at a small pier popular with pleasure boats. This station was the first to close in 1951.
The main bus operators are Ipswich Buses and First Eastern Counties . Ipswich Buses Ltd is a bus company that operates in Ipswich, Suffolk UK First Eastern Counties is a major bus operator in Norfolk and Suffolk in eastern England.
Felixstowe railway station is the terminus of the Felixstowe Branch Line service to Ipswich. Felixstowe railway station is a Railway station serving the town of Felixstowe in Suffolk, England. The Felixstowe Branch Line is a railway line from Ipswich to Felixstowe in Suffolk. Ipswich ( ˈɪpswɪtʃ is a Non-metropolitan district and the County town of Suffolk, England on the Estuary of the River Orwell
A [foot ferry] . service operates between Landguard fort and Halfpenny Pier, Harwich throughout the summer.
Felixstowe is administered by Suffolk County Council, Suffolk Coastal District Council, and Felixstowe Town Council. Suffolk County Council is the administrative authority for the county of Suffolk, England, providing a range of services under the control of elected county councillors Suffolk Coastal District Council, the local authority, is based in Woodbridge, although it has a part-time office in Felixstowe, which is open Mondays and Wednesdays. Woodbridge is a town in Suffolk, East Anglia, England. It is in the south east of England not far from the coast The local parish council, Felixstowe Town Council, is based in the Town Hall, on the seafront at Undercliff Road West.
Felixstowe is twinned with the German towns Wesel and Salzwedel. Germany, officially the Federal Republic of Germany ( ˈbʊndəsʁepuˌbliːk ˈdɔʏtʃlant is a Country in Central Europe. Wesel (ˈveːzəl is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Salzwedel (ˈzaltsveːdəl officially known as Hansestadt Salzwedel, is a Town in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany.
[Landguard Fort] is a scheduled ancient monument and major visitor attraction with a proud history and a nearby nature reserve. nature reserve ( natural reserve, nature preserve, natural preserve) is a Protected area of importance for Wildlife, flora At the opposite end of the town is Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club which is amongst the oldest in the UK, having been established in 1881. The Rt. Hon. Arthur Balfour, Captain of the Golf Club in 1889, became Captain of the R&A in 1894 and British Prime Minister from 1902-1908. Arthur James Balfour 1st Earl of Balfour, KG, OM, PC (25 July 1848 - 19 March 1930 was a British Conservative politician and The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews is one of the oldest and most prestigious Golf clubs in the world with the oldest being the Honourable Company of Edinburgh
Felixstowe has a pebbly beach, which has rapidly eroded in recent years, extending from the port at Landguard Fort to Felixstowe Ferry, an old fishing hamlet on the River Deben. Built just outside Felixstowe, Suffolk at the mouth of the River Orwell, Landguard Fort was designed to guard the entrance to Harwich. Felixstowe Ferry is a hamlet in Suffolk, England, approximately two miles northeast of Felixstowe at the mouth of the River Deben with a A promenade runs along part of the beach, from the nature reserve in the south-west to Cobbolds Point (Maybush Lane in east), with traditional beach huts along most of that length. An amusement arcade with snooker halls and food outlets dominate the southern end. The pier, now disused except for a cafe and amusement arcade, stands before a leisure centre, with swimming pool, owned by the local council, now managed by a contractor.
From Cobbolds Point to Felixstowe Ferry there is a walkway and path, although it is necessary to walk inland and to rejoin the coastal path at Jacobs Ladder, where the path then runs before beach huts and the golf course. At Cobbolds Point the coastal protection work now prevents pedestrian access along the beach. At low tide from this walkway it is possible to glimpse the seaweed-covered remains of a Roman fort in the water about 50m from the coast.
The town's only senior football team, Felixstowe & Walton United, compete in the Eastern Counties Football League Premier Division. Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a Team sport played between two teams of eleven players and is widely considered Felixstowe & Walton United FC is a football club based in Felixstowe, Suffolk, England. The Eastern Counties League Premier Division (known as the Ridgeons League for sponsorship reasons is the highest division in the Eastern Counties League. Other sports teams include Felixstowe Rugby Club and Felixstowe Harpers F. C.
The town has a sports centre, The Brackenbury, in High Road East, and football, hockey and rugby pitches, together with two bowling greens and other sporting facilities. The sports centre, owned by the council, is managed by a contractor.
The town has two main leisure facilities: The Brackenbury Sports centre in Old Felixstowe and the Felixstowe leisure centre adjacent to the pier. Most local associations have no meeting places, except for a small community centre in Old Felixstowe (Ferry Road), and they generally rely upon church halls.
The library was refurbished in 2006 at a cost of £1,500,000 and has since won national awards. .
The Spa Pavilion theatre is a 900-seat art deco-style building on the promenade, now managed by a private contractor; Jimi Hendrix, the Who, Led Zeppelin and Showaddywaddy all played there. Art Deco was a popular international design movement from 1925 until 1939 affecting the decorative arts such as Architecture, Interior design, and Industrial James Marshall Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix) (November 27 1942 – September 18 1970 was an American Guitarist, Singer and Songwriter The Who are an English rock band formed in 1964. The primary lineup consisted of guitarist Pete Townshend Led Zeppelin were Showaddywaddy are a 1970s pop group from Leicester, England. They specialised in revivals of hit Songs from the 1950s There is also a Sunday market that is larger than that at nearby Ipswich. Ipswich ( ˈɪpswɪtʃ is a Non-metropolitan district and the County town of Suffolk, England on the Estuary of the River Orwell
Felixstowe is one of Britain's top three ports (along with Southampton and Tilbury), dealing with 35% of container cargo. The Port of Felixstowe, in Suffolk is the UK's busiest container port dealing with 35% of the country's container cargo Southampton ( IPA /ˌsaʊθˈhæmptən/ is the largest city in the county of Hampshire, on the south coast of England Tilbury is a town in the borough of Thurrock, Essex, England. In 2005, it was ranked 29th in the world, and Europe's 6th busiest. It is capable of handling over 3. 7 million containers per year. As well as containerised traffic, the port also has a RO-RO terminal. See also Merchant ship Roll-on/roll-off (RORO or ro-ro Ships are ferries designed to carry wheeled Cargo such as
The main navigation channel is dredged to 14. 5 metres below Chart Datum, and a depth of up to 15 metres alongside the quay, Felixstowe boasts deep-water able to accommodate the world’s latest generation of deep-draughted ultra post-Panamax vessels. " Panamax " ships are of the maximum dimensions that will fit through the locks of the Panama Canal. There is a continuous quay of over 2. 3km, equipped with 25 ship-to shore gantry cranes.
It has good road links to the Midlands via the A14 and to London via the A12 road. London ( ˈlʌndən is the capital and largest urban area in the United Kingdom. The single-track railway line to Ipswich has recently been upgraded to allow larger containers, and many containers are now transported by rail. Ipswich ( ˈɪpswɪtʃ is a Non-metropolitan district and the County town of Suffolk, England on the Estuary of the River Orwell
The port is owned by Hutchison Whampoa Ltd but much of the land on which it sits is owned by Trinity College, Cambridge. Trinity College is a constituent college of the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, England.
The port has its own Police Force. Port of Felixstowe Police is a small specialised police force responsible for policing the Port of Felixstowe.
Famous people originating from or associated with Felixstowe include: