Aldeburgh

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Introduction

Aldeburgh is an attractive coastal town which may have an origin as a small Roman port. It was recorded in Domesday as "Aldeburc". Several working fishing boats can still be found on the beach together with the local RNLI facility.

The Tudor moot hall once stood in the middle of the town and not close to the seafront as it does today. Aldeburgh Museum is currently housed in this historic building. The proximity of the moot hall to the sea clearly helps to demonstrate how much of the town has been lost to occasionally severe winter storms that have slowly eroded this coastline. Just south of the modern town the small fishing hamlet of Slaughden has been completely lost in modern times, with just a Martello tower remaining. The noted local poet George Crabbe was born in 1754; he later wrote of the town's progress and depression at that time.

Newson Garrett was the developer of nearby Snape Maltings. He settled in Aldeburgh in the 1840s and soon dominated both local politics and the town's development for many years…

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History

before 1900

According to A Survey of Suffolk Parish History, two brewers were recorded in the town between 1550 and 1599.

A hotel called the Commercial Inn was believed to have been visited by Charles II in July, 1668 on his way to Ipswich, having landed in Aldeburgh Bay (in the book "Inns of the Suffolk Coast" by Leonard P Thompson** this was believed to have been the New inn?? this seems unlikely as the New inn was built much later - but could it relate to an earlier building on the same or a nearby site?)

(** historic book information from Bob Mitchell)

The 1844 White's Directory also lists t…

Acknowledgements

Some historical information from English Heritage's National Monuments Record

(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)

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