Aldeburgh is truly a wonderful place to visit. There’s so much to see and explore! There’s something for everyone and come rain, come shine Aldeburgh will keep you entertained.
(Visit Suffolk Coast and Countryside tourist website)
Visitors began to come to Aldeburgh at the beginning of the 19th century to enjoy its ‘clear and healthy’ air and to sample ‘the excellence of its water’. A Guide Book assures its readers that Aldeburgh ‘…is reckoned by physicians to be one of the most healthy places along the eastern shore, and as remarkable for repeated instances of longevity.’ As well as grand hotels, there were some fifteen lodging houses in 1820 not to mention about fifty houses which were ‘wholly or in part appropriated for the accommodation of strangers’ and ‘charging generally seven shillings per week for each room’.
In 1764 there is mention of a bathing machine: ‘…there is a curious machine that by the assistance of a single person may be run into the sea to any depth proper for bathing’.
The town is notable for having been the home of composer Benjamin Britten and as the centre of the international Aldeburgh Festival of arts. It remains an artistic and literary centre with an annual Poetry Festival and several food festivals as well as other cultural events.
The parts of the town that have been left by the sea include the area to the back of the Moot Hall, with old pubs. To the South between the main High Street to Crag Path along the sea front run many little alleyways, one of the most picturesque being the whimsically-named Neptune Alley.
Much of the architecture of Aldeburgh is very distinctive - unlike any other towns in East Anglia. Some of the houses have been inspired by Dutch designs with their curving gables. Some houses are very small - like doll's houses.
Today most of houses are tourist lets - at exhorbitant rates. Giving the town a rather artificial theme-park feel. And a mix of tourists from extremely rich Londoners to local day-trippers from nearby East Anglian towns. And campers like us from the rather expensive but convenient campsite.
South of the town center on the way to what remains of Slaughden and the ferry across to Orford is the marsh. Since flooding in 2014 this is now a permanent salt water nature reserve with dyke walks. It is a birdwatcher's paradise, with cormorants and migratory swans and geese.
The images are based on panoramic photographs to explore different colours and moods. The final image is the sunset walking back to town on the day of the burning of Grenfell Tower.