Somerleyton hall Suffolk

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Somerleyton hall Suffolk

Post by Steve59 » Sun Sep 13, 2015 8:56 pm

The lake at Somerleyton hall Suffolk was a secret testing ground for amphibious tanks during the Second World War, it's extremely deep and is the grave of soldiers who tested the tanks that failed and sunk to unrecoverable depths in excess of 100 meters.
The fishing in its deepest parts is restricted but I've personally witnessed unusual swells and disturbances from the bank and the whole lake has a feel that's not what I consider normal.
Haunted? Perhaps strange aura......definitely.

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Re: Somerleyton hall Suffolk

Post by Tengisgol » Sun Sep 13, 2015 9:41 pm

Spooky! Any pics of the lake Steve?
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Re: Somerleyton hall Suffolk

Post by Beresford » Sun Sep 13, 2015 10:04 pm

I've had a very strange experience in bright sunlight mid-afternoon at a deep estate lake. At the time I put the unusual feel of the place down to the brooding atmosphere that I think we naturally sense when close to very deep water. But on reflection, I think there was something more intense, possibly even more malign than that. As I beat a fairly hasty retreat I kept looking back over my shoulder as it un-nerved me so much. I subsequently found out that a WW2 GI had drowned there.
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Re: Somerleyton hall Suffolk

Post by Stathamender » Sun Sep 13, 2015 10:06 pm

Norfolk not Suffolk, I think.
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Re: Somerleyton hall Suffolk

Post by Northern Eel » Sun Sep 13, 2015 10:44 pm

It's Suffolk, but only just, right on the border, I stayed in Somerleyton a few weeks ago, I didn't get to visit the hall though, even though I've stayed there a few times, thinking I should have now! sounds like an interesting lake!
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Re: Somerleyton hall Suffolk

Post by Steve59 » Mon Sep 14, 2015 5:59 am

To be more accurate I should have said Fritton lake which is owed by Somerleyton estates, sorry I blame the alcohol.
Here's a link.
http://www.frittonlakeoc.co.uk/lake/fishing/
To clarify, Somerleyton hall is in Suffolk and Fritton lake is in Norfolk, the Somerleyton estate is spread over the two counties.

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Re: Somerleyton hall Suffolk

Post by Badger » Thu Sep 17, 2015 8:15 pm

Did a bit of research and a tank is apparently still a at the bottom on the lake. Also a Mosquito night fighter flown by two American airmen in November 1944 which was chasing a V1 rocket was shot down accidentally ( so called friendly fire) and landed in the lake and sank. One other fighter plane landed in the lake but can't find out anymore about it. Sounds like a lot went on here in WW2. RIP the aircrews involved.
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Re: Somerleyton hall Suffolk

Post by Aquaerial » Fri Sep 18, 2015 9:08 am

A place of my childhood was Fritton, just about far enough on a bike from Caister it was. Good pike and bream fishing there in the sixties and early seventies...lots of Jacks reported now.
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Re: Somerleyton hall Suffolk

Post by GazTheAngler » Fri Sep 18, 2015 4:13 pm

An uncle of mine worked on the Somerleyton estate when he was young. Are you sure on the depth 100 metres is 300 ft. I'll have to look up the mossie story

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Re: Somerleyton hall Suffolk

Post by Steve59 » Tue Sep 22, 2015 8:08 pm

GazTheAngler wrote:An uncle of mine worked on the Somerleyton estate when he was young. Are you sure on the depth 100 metres is 300 ft. I'll have to look up the mossie story
I've probably got it wrong, I should think it's more likely to be 100 foot. :oops:

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