Beccles has always been a centre of local commerce as well as a hit with tourists. From a bustling medieval market town to the modern tourist centre it has become, Beccles has many stories to tell. Over the years the town has changed an incredible amount.
With so much local history it’s no wonder that generations of writers have felt moved to write books about the town, which is why we’ve put together a list of the very best Beccles books.
The fortunes of Beccles and Bungay have always been intertwined, and generations of residents have travelled between the two towns. Christopher Reeve continues his exploration into Bungay life with Bungay to Baccles: Volume II (Images of England S) (Images of England), which traces the relationship between the two towns over more than a century. A total must-read for all local history fanatics.
Beccles is a Mecca for rail enthusiasts, as one of Britain’s best loved regional lines passes through the town. There are also many defunct historical lines in the area. Richard Anderson and Graham Kenworthy’s Tivetshall to Beccles: The Waveney Ualley Line is an incredible exploration of the Waveny Valley Line, which will delight enthusiasts and newcomers alike.
Beccles Hospital has a long history of bravery and care in the face of hardship, from its days caring for wounded soldiers during World War II to the evacuation of victims of the 1953 Lowestoft floods. Maureen Saunders’ The Book of Beccles and Its Hospital: A Century of Caring (Halsgrove Parish History) traces the history of the hospital and the men and women who have made it such a success. A fantastic work of Beccles local history.
Beccles’ history is long and winding, but thanks to Beccles: Webster’s Timeline History, 1584 – 2004 you can discover the events and people that have shaped the town from the sixteenth century to the present day. A must have for local history buffs.