Carlton Colville

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Carlton Colville is a suburban area with its own town council 3 miles (5 km) south-west of the centre of of Lowestoft. Significant residential development has occurred in the area since the 1960s, including more than 1,000 homes built in Carlton Park. The area lies along the A146 Lowestoft to Beccles road.

Carlton Colville has boundaries with Oulton Broad, Gisleham and Pakefield. It forms the south-western edge of Lowestoft, with Mutford 2 miles (3 km) to the south-east. The electoral ward continues to the north to the River Waveney and had a population of 6,612 at the 2001 census. Formerly a civil parish, the area was granted town council status in August 2011, retaining the same powers and funding.

Archaeological investigations have discovered evidence of settlement from the prehistoric to the medieval periods, including 3 large stone axe heads dating from the neolithic or early Bronze Age discovered together in a pit.

Bloodmoor Hill, located between Carlton Colville and Pakefield, was the site of settlement in the 2nd and 3rd centuries and the 7th and 8th centuries. The Saxon period consisted of a relatively dense settlement as well as a cemetery which included at least one rich barrow burial. Artifacts were discovered in the cemetery in the 18th Century and the site was the subject of archaeological investigations between 1998 and 2006.

At the Domesday survey Carlton Colville was known as Carletuna or Karletun. It had a population of 45 households and a tax value of 4½ geld and was part of the estate of Earl Hugh of Chester.

A moated site south of Carlton Colville is believed to be the site of a medieval manor and is a scheduled monument.

Carlton Colville lies to the south of the River Waveney. Carlton Marshes nature reserve, situated on the marshes between the river and the built up area, is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and the site of rare water plants such as bladderwort and water soldier as well as dragonfly populations.

The parish church is St. Peter’s Church, the oldest surviving part of which was built in the 13th century. There are six bells that hang at St Peter’s weighing up to 12-1-26 cwt. The oldest bell was cast in 1608 by William Brend.

Carlton Colville is home to the East Anglia Transport Museum.

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