|High end casual clothes shops....|
|Craft shops with hilariously pretentious names...|
|more 'quality' tee-shirt and chino purveyors|
|Silver jewellery shop....|
|It might be posh, but it is still England - the country may be falling apart - but forming an orderly queue will always prevail|
|16th Centiry Moot Hall|
|Small fisherman's cottage - for a small fisherman we presume...|
|pleasing roofscape - well it pleased me!|
|It's a fishing boat, by George...|
|Gulls and hollyhocks|
|Gulls sitting on a Caterpillar -not often you can say that...|
|such a lovely coastline...|
Orford village is neither otherworldly nor in the least sinister. A tangle of red brick cottages stretch along a low rise a few hundred yards inland. The southern edge of the settlement is dominated by the tall keep of Orford castle built by Henry II in the mid twelfth century. The only other building of any size is the stubby flint church. Otherwise the place is a pleasing collection of cottages and more substantial houses from a mix of eras, there is a village pub, a general store which doubles as the post office and a very famous bakery.
|This is a seriously good bakery|
Inspirational,pasteis da nata, so good we drove to Lisbon last year partly to compare the Suffolk version with the real thing!
|It's quite a stragging sort of village - a tangle of lanes with lovely collages built of warm toned brick|
|One shop - does everything - Post Office, stationers, vegetables logs, compost....|
The two linked settlements look like a couple of paragraphs from Hoskins 'Making of the English Landscape' embodied. You sense a continuity, history as descent, a link between generations across a swathe of time. The lonely footpaths across the salt marshes, the huge sky and the strangeness of the deserted shingle bank adds to this sense of timelessness. Unlike Alderborough, Orford has retained function and integrity. It not unvisited, the large car park is evidence of that. However it is more than simply a cute visitor attraction, a parody of a village like nearby Dedham has become.