The coast of Aldeburgh is treacherous.
The many shoals and sandbanks, often swept by fierce gales, present a real danger to shipping. The precariousness of Aldeburgh's fishing boats, and the numbers of fishermen's lives lost at sea, and poverty of those left behind have been the graphically presented in narrative poems by George Crabbe and the opera Peter Grimes by Benjamin Britten.
The houses between the Market Place and the shore have long ago been swept into the sea. The last remnants of Slaughden at the far end were washed away in the very early 20th century, all that remains is a sea wall and a shingle bank that occasionally gets breached when the North Sea encroaches into the River Alde.
January 13th 2017 there eight severe flood warnings, signalling a danger to life, were in place in Suffolk – including Aldeburgh, Snape, Southwold and Lowestoft as the east coast braced itself for the annual storm surge and gale-force winds.