Lowestoft is the most easterly settlement in the United Kingdom and is home to Ness Point, the most easterly point in the British Isles – longitude 1º 45’ 53” E. It is one of the oldest known towns showing evidence of human habitation with a history going back over 700,000 years.
The name Lowestoft is of Viking origin, made up of the name Hlothver and the suffix toft, meaning homestead. By 1086, Lowestoft was known as Lothuwistoft and was described in the Domesday book as an agricultural village of just 16 households. It was a sub-manor under the manor of Gorleston, which formed part of the King’s holding within the Hundred of Lothingland. At that time there was no access to the sea from what are now Lake Lothing and Oulton Broad; all fishing was from the beach.
In the Middle Ages Lowestoft became an increasingly important fishing town. The industry grew quickly and the town grew to compete with Great Yarmouth. The trade, particularly fishing for herring, continued to act as the town’s main income source until the 20th century. Wealthy merchants lived on the cliff tops, whilst the functional support for the industry grew on the wide open areas of the beach, known as the Denes.
In 1847 Sir Morton Peto, often regarded as ‘the father of modern Lowestoft’, purchased the harbour at Lowestoft and built a railway line to the town, thus opening the whole of England as a market for the town’s fresh fish. He also provided mooring for 1000 fishing boats, further supporting what was now the area’s leading generator of income and jobs. One million herring was the record catch for one day between Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth, and approximately four hundred million herring were being landed each season.
These developments also had a profound impact on the town’s populace because they helped to assist other industries such as engineering and allowed others to take advantage of the port’s increased trade with the continent. Furthermore it began to establish Lowestoft as a flourishing seaside holiday resort.
The heyday of the fishing industry was between 1870 and the start of World War I. When Norway prohibited British fleets working in its waters this signaled the end of the large-scale fishing fleets operating from Lowestoft. Over the last one hundred years there has been a gradual decline in the industry with the last beam trawlers going out of business in 2002. However, as the town adapted, many of these boats were transferred to service alongside the newly created North Sea oil rigs.
Today a population of over 70,000 makes Lowestoft the second largest town in Suffolk. The town itself is a harmonious combination of the old and the new, retaining its rich architectural inheritance, such as the Lowestoft Town Hall and Lighthouse, both Grade II listed buildings, while developing modern services and amenities. It has many ancient buildings, intriguing deep little lanes linking town and shore, scores, offers two theatres, Marina and The Seagull, and a range of museums including the Lowestoft War Memorial Museum, the Maritime Museum and the Royal Naval Patrol Service Museum.
It is also becoming a centre for the development of renewable energy. Ness Point is the site for the Orbis renewable energy development centre, and Britain’s previously tallest wind turbine Gulliver, standing 126 metres high. The recent revival of its old brewing tradition and its numerous businesses based on energy, old and new, and tourism, due to its picturesque southern beaches and proximity to the Broads and the River Waveney, are indicative of its popularity as both a community and a town.
With its rich and diverse history, and a seemingly innate ability to adapt over time to resources and demand, Lowestoft is firmly established as a town of substantial geographical and historical importance, an attractive tourist destination and a hub for future industries along the Norfolk and Suffolk coast.
Following on from the successful OAT EAST Dance competition, the full video performance from our students can be seen here: http://bit.ly/OATEASTDance
Students from Ormiston Denes Academy had a fantastic trip to Tonale in Italy again this year for the 2020 ski trip! All students had a fantastic time and demonstrated courage, resilience and determination. Our surroundings were beautiful – breathtaking with glorious weather! As well as skiing, students also participated in: • Bumboarding • Night Ski […]
We had an amazing time when 21 of our brilliant dancers took part in the first OAT East Dance competition! Students were competing against 7 other Ormiston academies, which calculated to just over 100 students. Their 10 minute routine made audience members cry, cheer and have goose bumps! Also, a huge well done to our […]
We are proud to announce that in January we were awarded our platinum award from our work with Suffolk Family Carers and supporting our young carers in school. We work closely with Suffolk Family Carers, and especially those within our academy. We have raised school awareness of young carers through assemblies, form time sessions, social […]
The OAT East Dance Competition is taking place at Ormiston Denes Academy on Wednesday 12th February 2020 at 7.00pm! This is a competition for students from eight Ormiston academies based in East Anglia, and we are hosting! Family and friends are welcome to this free event, doors will open at 6.45pm.
The Ormiston Denes Academy annual Careers Fair is taking place on Friday 6th March! This gives our students a chance to investigate possible careers and opportunities available to them. Over 45 organisations are attending this fantastic event!
Congratulations to all students involved, for their months of hard work and effort, in preparing and delivering various workshops and events for the Dora Love competition. All of the students were so professional in their presentation in the final, competing against 17 other secondary schools for the prize, and speaking in front of hundreds of […]
A very proud moment for Ormiston Denes Academy when some of our Year 9 students performed Suitcase 1938, at Lowestoft Train Stationn, as part of the Holocaust Memorial Day Service. This marked the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. The train station is important as it was one of the places that received hundreds of Jewish refugees […]
The results are now in and we are proud to say that we have won 4 of the 6 categories that we entered, with all of our students being highly commended! Dance – JessicaArt – OliviaFood Technology – AlfiePublic Speaking – Daisy Congratulations to all students from the Lowestoft schools that participated in the awards. […]
Congratulations to former students of Ormiston Denes Academy Abbie and Emily who have received an offer to study English Literature at the University of Cambridge! Read the article here http://bit.ly/OrmistonDenesAlumniCambridge
Year 10 student Josh is a member of Southwold U15s Rugby Club squad. With some players out due to injury Josh has played up for the U16s and they have been competing in the Suffolk Plate Competition. The final was held on the 26th January 2020 which they won 40-7! As they had won all […]
Ormiston Denes Academy supported BBC Children in Need as one of the student council’s chosen charities.We had a fantastic day and it was great to see so many staff and students supporting this charity! Year 11 Charity Ambassador, Katy, brought a wonderful Pudsey Bear chocolate cake in, which was very kindly made and donated by […]