Place:Beccles, Suffolk, England

Alt namesBeeclessource: spellling error
TypeBorough (municipal)
Coordinates52.467°N 1.567°E
Located inSuffolk, England     ( - 1888)
Also located inEast Suffolk, England     (1888 - 1974)
Suffolk, England     (1974 - present)
See alsoWangford Hundred, Suffolk, Englandhundred in which it was located
Waveney District, Suffolk, Englanddistict municipality to which it transferred in 1974
East Suffolk District, Suffolk, Englanddistrict municipality which replaced Waveney in 2019

Beccles is a market town and civil parish in the English county of Suffolk. From 1835 until 1974 it was a municipal borough. The town is shown on the milestone as 109 miles (175 km) from London via the A145 and A12 roads (fastest road route), 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. The town lies on the River Waveney on the edge of The Broads National Park (commonly known as the Norfolk Broads). Once a flourishing Anglian riverport; it is now a popular boating centre.

At the 2011 census Beccles had a population of 10,123. A suburb of Beccles is Worlingham. Combining the borough and the suburb the population was 13,868.

The town was first granted its Charter on 2 July 1584 by Queen Elizabeth I, under the name of the "Corporation of Beccles Fen". This was subsequently confirmed by King James I on 19 May 1605.

Under the Municipal Corporations Act 1835 the borough was reformed, with Beccles obtaining municipal borough status which it retained until the reorganisation of local government in 1974, when it was merged with surrounding authorities to become Waveney District. The successor "civil parish" has adopted town status.

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Beccles.

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