Beccles

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Coordinates: 52°27′04″N 1°34′28″E / 52.4512°N 1.5744°E / 52.4512; 1.5744

Beccles is a market town and civil parish in the Waveney District of Suffolk, England, within an area known as The Broads. The town is shown on the milestone as 109 miles (175 km) from London via the A145 Blythburgh and A12 road, 98 miles (158 km) northeast of London as the crow flies, 16 miles (26 km) southeast of Norwich, and 33 miles (53 km) north northeast of the county town of Ipswich. Nearby towns include Lowestoft to the east and Great Yarmouth to the northeast.

It had a population at the 2001 census of 9,746.[1] Worlingham is a suburb of Beccles. The combined population of Beccles and Worlingham in 2005 was estimated at 13,580[2]. Beccles is twinned with Petit-Couronne in France.

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History

The name is conjectured to be derived from Becc-Liss* (Brittonic=Small-court). However, also offered is Bece-laes* (Old English=Meadow by Stream. Once a flourishing Saxon riverport, it lies in the Waveney valley and is a popular boating centre. The town was granted its Charter in 1584 by Elizabeth I.

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