A pictorial alphabet of favourite places around England - A for Aldeburgh
A pictorial alphabet of favourite places around England
Aldeburgh is a small town on the Suffolk coast, originally a fishing village, but now a destination for tourists and second home owners. Although the sheltered inlet at the mouth of the River Alde was a port in Tudor times, the present day fishing boats prefer to haul up on the main shingle beach, behind the shacks which sell their catches with placards proclaiming that anything fresher is still swimming . These are the views that appeal to me. The town has more than its fair share of teashops, pubs and fish and chip shops, among the fascinating array of architectural styles, mainly Georgian. The southern end of town has a 200 year old Martello tower, and Fort Green Mill is a similar age. At the northern end, the Moot Hall is a half-timbered Tudor building and near that is the much more modern Benjamin Britten memorial sculpture by Maggi Hambling. This is officially known as the Scallop but is referred to jokingly as the Turkey’s Arse.