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Lothingland is an area in East Anglia, situated on the North Sea coast. It is bound by Breydon Water to the north, the River Waveney to the west and Oulton Broad to the south, and includes Lowestoft.

In ancient times the River Waveney flowed to the sea through Oulton Broad and Lake Lothing, reaching the sea at Lowestoft, meaning that together with the mouth of the River Yare Lothingland is historically an island, and was indeed known as the Island of Lothingland. When the Waveney deviated its course on its current sharp turn to the north this was no longer the case. In 1833 the Norwich and Lowestoft Navigation opened for sea-borne vessels to pass through Oulton Broad and Lake Lothing, the area once effectively again became an island.[1]

There is a ward of the Waveney district by the name, and it is also a deanery in the Diocese of Norwich. The population of the ward taken at the 2011 census was 5,479.[2]

Historically it formed a half-hundred, which was incorporated into Mutford to form Mutford and Lothingland.[1] A Lothingland Rural District (excluding Lowestoft) of East Suffolk existed until 1974 - this is now split between the borough of Great Yarmouth in Norfolk and Waveney.


  1. ^ a b William White (1844). History, gazetteer, and directory of Suffolk. p. 480. 
  2. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 25 August 2015. 

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Coordinates: 52°31′N 1°42′E / 52.52°N 1.70°E / 52.52; 1.70