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Stone 5 found in a peaceful setting where Phil is remembered

PUBLISHED: 18:37 03 October 2018

Historian Phil Hadwen at St Peter and St Paul Church Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

Historian Phil Hadwen at St Peter and St Paul Church Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

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Our last hand-painted rock of this summer’s Enjoy Felixstowe More! game of stones has been found – and it was the one which stayed hidden the longest.

Stone 5 was found hidden under the Phil Hadwen memorial bench in the graveyard at St Peter and St Paul Church, Old Felixstowe - Rachel Cornwell relaxes at the peaceful spot Picture: ARCHANTStone 5 was found hidden under the Phil Hadwen memorial bench in the graveyard at St Peter and St Paul Church, Old Felixstowe - Rachel Cornwell relaxes at the peaceful spot Picture: ARCHANT

After two clues, Jean Macpherson found stone 5, hidden beneath a bench in the graveyard of St Peter and St Paul Church in Ferry Road, Old Felixstowe.

It’s the town’s most ancient church – parts of it are up to 800 years old – and it was a peaceful and fitting place to end the search.

Clue one had been: “He was known as ‘Mr Felixstowe’ and he is remembered in a prominent seafront shelter – you won’t find the stone here, but you can enjoy the sea view.”

That pinpointed the new shelter overlooking the sea in the gardens next to Felixstowe Town Hall and Phil Hadwen, known as Mr Felixstowe.

Mr Felixstowe Phil Hadwen remembered Picture: ARCHANTMr Felixstowe Phil Hadwen remembered Picture: ARCHANT

Former teacher Phil was a much-loved and respected local historian who was co-author of the Felixstowe “postcard” series of books and well-known for his extensive knowledge of the resort, giving talks to groups on aspects of its heritage and guided walks around its Edwardian and Victorian buildings.

He is remembered on a plaque in the shelter and was also key to clue two.

This was “From Reed Pond walk to where Phil believed the waters led to a Roman Temple, a site still a sacred space.”

Phil’s theory was that Reed Pond, a marshy wetland on the landward side of Cliff Road at The Dip, had been a water source in Roman times (Walton Castle stood on the cliffs opposite nearly 2,000 years ago) that was connected to a Roman temple that stood on the site where St Peter and St Paul now stands.

Stone 5 has been found - netting the finder £50? Picture: ARCHANTStone 5 has been found - netting the finder £50? Picture: ARCHANT

Clue three would have been: “Through Russell Cook’s gate for a quick stroll to Phil’s bench” – the bench was placed in the churchyard last year in his memory.

Jean wins the £50 prize and should call 01473 324773, and leave her details, including phone number.

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