Monday 14 May 2012

Stairlifts Felixstowe – Suffolk Stairlifts

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Castle Comfort Stairlifts offers top brand stairlifts, keen prices and fast installs for all those seeking stairlifts in Felixstowe, Suffolk. And all work comes with our no-quibble guarantees and famous customer service satisfaction.

Give us a call today on 01473 209069  If however, you are looking for fascinating facts about the area then feel free to read on.

Stairlifts Felixstowe – Stairlifts Suffolk

The County of Suffolk which is bordered by Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Essex and the North Sea does not have a city!  But it does have some great towns including Felixstowe on the North Sea coast.  Felixstowe stands on the Estuary of the Rivers Orwell and Stour with Harwich in Essex on the other shore.

Felixstowe’s history is interesting.  It got its name as late as the 13th century even though a settlement/village had been there for at least 1,000 years.  Its earlier history is linked to the village of Walton which is in fact completely separate from Felixstowe itself ... although there are still some 19th century terraced houses in Walton High Street only yards from the centre of Felixstowe!

At Castle Comfort Stair Lifts we have been supplying and installing stairlifts in the area for about 15 years.  Our online minute by minute scrolling counter records how many people own stairlifts in the UK and we know from these calculations that at least 150 people who are retired in Felixstowe already own stairlifts.  If however you don’t but feel that a stairlift would help you to cope with the stairs in your property, then please get in touch with our local office on  01473 209069 .

We are the UK agent for all UK stairlift manufacturers – checkout out the stairlift comparisons at Castle Comfort Stairlifts – so our advice is completely unbiased.  Castle Comfort Stair Lifts can supply straight stairlifts, curved chairlifts and we have reconditioned chairlifts too.  Like we said, just give us a call for more information.

Felixstowe – the seaside town
Felixstowe makes the most of its 4 miles of sand and shingle beaches with colourful and traditional beach huts and a garden-lined promenade not to mention a pier.  All the things you’d expect to see at an English seaside town.

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There is boating on the lake and indoor and outdoor golf to amuse when the weather isn’t warm enough for the beach.  There are traditional English seaside treats of ice cream and fish and chips along the front as well as more upmarket bistros and beachside kiosks offering freshly caught local fish.

Felixstowe Pier
Felixstowe Pier was built in 1905 primarily as a steamer dock and was the longest pier in East Anglia at 2,640 ft (800m).  There was a large pavilion at the shore end of the pier and an electric tramway running the length to the steamer docking point.  You could catch this tram at the beginning of the 20th century for the cost of one old penny!

In the Second World War, the pier was sectioned in a bid to protect the east coast from invasion by the Germans.  With the tramway closed, the pier was shortened to a mere 450ft (136m).

It wasn’t until the end of the 20th century that plans to refurbish and develop the pier were put into place.  Because the funds could not be raised, Felixtowe Pier remains mainly closed to the public with a few attractions at the shore end.

The Port of Felixstowe
The Port of Felixstowe just a few miles from Felixstowe itself is the biggest container port in the UK and handles 35% of container traffic.  It has three terminals including a ‘roll on/roll off’ one.  A third Southern Terminal is being developed to facilitate extra large containers.

Right now the dock side is over 2.3 km and has 29 ship-to-shore gantry cranes for moving the containers.

Felixstowe landmarks
Landguard Fort is one of Felixstowe’s most well known landmarks.  The fort is an ancient monument and visitor attraction set in a nature reserve.  It was originally built to protect the entrance to the estuary and specifically Harwich.  It was originally built in the 16th century but had several changes, the last one in the 19th century.

In the Second World War it was the launch point for balloons in Operation Outward – an attack on Germany by hydrogen balloons.  Part of the fort – the left battery – was used as an anti-aircraft room during WWII too.  It is now open to the public during the summer months as an English Heritage property.

South Beach Mansion on the cliffs at Felixstowe is Italianate in design and was once host to the Empress of Germany and her family in the 19th century who stayed for a few weeks.  About half a century later Mrs Wallis Simpson stayed in the adjoining cottage for 6 weeks waiting for her divorce so that she could marry the abdicating King of England, Edward VIII.  She is said to have invented the Club Sandwich whilst staying here – or maybe reinventing this double-decker American sandwich.

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Another famous guest was T E Lawrence or Lawrence of Arabia.  He spent two years here during the 1930’s incognito and calling himself variously Ross and Shaw.

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It became army HQ during the Second World War and Felixstowe Town Hall afterwards.  It is now in private ownership.

People of Felixstowe
As we’ve already mentioned Felixstowe has had its share of famous people associated with the town.  And there are more:

·         Actor Jeremy Kemp probably best known for his role in Z-Cars

·         English actress Megs Jenkins lived in the area until her death; she appeared in a number of British films including The Cruel Sea, A Woman of Substance and many more

·         Actor John Mills lived in Felixstowe for a time

·         Hollywood actress Dawn Addams was born here and appeared in a number of film productions like A King in New York opposite Charlie Chaplin

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·         Musician Brian Eno grew up in Woodbridge (about 13 miles away) where he still has a house

·         John Constable was born nearby to a wealthy mill owner.  The area of South Suffolk and North Essex has since gained the name, ‘Constable Country’ as it was the subject of many of his paintings

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·         Another great painter Thomas Gainsborough was born a little way from Felixstowe too at Sudbury.  Gainsborough undertook portrait commissions – his bread and butter – and painted more than 500 of the aristocracy during his lifetime.  His love was landscape painting

·         Author Ruth Rendell lived at one time in Polstead and has featured areas of Suffolk in many of here detective novels.  She was made Baroness Rendell of Babergh (Aldeburgh) in 1997

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·         Another crime writer P D James has a second home in Southwold near Ipswich; she too often sets her novels in Suffolk

·         TV’s hotel inspector Ruth Watson has run a number of hotels in Suffolk; she currently co-owns the Crown and Castle in nearby Orford.

Would your home stand up to Ruth’s inspection or is it more like the setting for one of Ruth Rendell or PD James’ murder stories?  Do you need to make it safer with the installation of a stairlift?  Remember we can help!

Take a look at our pricing of stairlifts on our website and if it will help, see if there is a grant available; otherwise you might consider a 0% finance option.  If you need the aid of a stairlift to make your staircase journey safe then these options will help you get it sorted sooner rather than later.

We can come and assess which stairlift will suit you and your home best and we can often get it installed within 24 hours of the contract signing.  Our after care service is good too – we work hard to make it easy for you.  If you’d like to purchase a stairlift or just want more information, please call our local office on  01473 209069 .

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