The Moot Hall
The Moot Hall was built during the first half of the 16th Century; the experts agree. Beyond that, however, there is no certainty. No documentary evidence exists; the style of the building suggests to one expert that it was built about 1520 and to another about 1550. We must be content with that. What we do know is that the building of Aldeburgh’s Town Hall coincided with the beginning of a period of prosperity in the town which lasted approximately 150 years.
By 1790 there is nothing between the Moot Hall and the sea except a couple of capstans and a stretch of beach.
The Hall now houses the Aldeburgh Museum that chronicles the history of Aldeburgh. These include:
- fossils and paeleontology of the area
- Roman artefacts from archaeological dig at Barber's Point on the marshes
- a historical overview from the oldest settlements to current day
- old photographs of how the town had changed and key events like the 1953 flood.
Most of the historical information can be found on the Aldeburgh Museum website.
What attracted me most were the interesting markings in the flint. As I looked closer they suggested stories that echoed some of the historical events. The 'histories' were produced from photos of the flints manipulated in different ways on my iPad to both retain the original texture of the flints while suggesting some sort of narrative.