Hollesley is a large village with a mixture of old and newer housing, recorded in Domesday as "Holeslea". The Hollesley Bay Colony was originally used to train young gentlemen farmers before they were sent out to the colonies. Later it was used to give new starts to unemployed Londoners before, in 1938, it became a borstal. More recently it has become a Young Offenders Institution and open prison and received some notoriety when Jeffrey Archer served some of his time there for perjury until he was released in July 2003. At the nearby hamlet of Shingle Street the River Ore finally enters the North Sea, after a southward diversion of about 10 miles behind the shingle spit of Orfordness. Shingle Street has a Napoleonic Martello tower and also an air of mystery as strange happenings have been reported to have taken place here, including an alleged small scale German Invasion during the Second World War.

A K and Q Type bombing decoy was built in 1940 north of the village (at TM 335 462) to deflect enemy bombing from RAF Martlesham Heath. See Pastscape for more information.

The Suffolk Punch Trust, based in Hollesley, is dedicated to the preservation of the county's own horse…


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The 1916 Kellys Directory lists Mrs Charlotte Osbourne (Beer retailer, pub not named) [the Shepherd & Dog]?

The 1922 Kelly's Directory lists Mrs Charlotte Osbourne as a beer retailer.


Some historical information from English Heritage's National Monuments Record.