Some old sailors were less than complimentary about the village: "Shotley church without a steeple, Drunken parson, wicked people." Today the large and mainly modern settlement on the apex of a peninsular offers great views out into estuaries of the two rivers, Stour and Orwell, as they reach the sea. Shotley Cottage (TM 2360 3455) was a WWI radio telegraphy station.
Shotley was recorded in Domesday as "Scoteleia".
Shotley Gate lies at the bottom of the hill and along the shoreline leading to a modern marina. This is one of the most interesting and significant places on the "Shotley Peninsula".
There were evidently fears that Shotley Gate would be a possible site of any invasion during WWII; an anti-tank ditch dug to cut it off from the rest of the peninsular can still be seen in places along its route from Cockle Creek via Over Hall to Shotley Marshes.
From Shotley Point, there are superb views across the Orwell and Stour Rivers, to the busy Suffolk port of Felixstowe (the largest container port in the country), and to two Essex ports of Harwich and Parkeston Quay. These are two of the country's busiest ferry and cruise liner ports. …
The 1865 Kelly's Directory also lists 3 beer retailers called William Gladwel, William Webb (& butcher) and William Wright (& shoe maker).
The 1874 White's Directory also lists a beer house keeper called William Wright (& shoe maker).
The 1888 Kelly's Directory also lists a beer retailer called William Wright (& shoe maker).
The 1891-92 White's Directory also lists a beer house keeper called William Wright.
The 1900 Kelly's Directory also lists a beer retailer called John Wright (& boot maker).
The 1912 Kelly's Directory also lists a beer retailer called John Wright.
The 1922 Kelly's Directory also …