Photo of Uplands

grid reference TM 462 568

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listed building grade II

CAMRA Ipswich & East Suffolk branch.

last updated 21/01/2020

Aldeburgh Uplands

historical closure era: mid 20th century

opened 1964

Victoria Rd, IP15 5DX

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This is an early 19th century building, with an extension about 1900. It was converted into a hotel in the middle of the 20th century.

For many years, Uplands was run as a guest house and it did not become a licensed hotel until 1964. It appears not to be a hotel now (it's just called Uplands House, with no obvious hotel signage).

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson lived in this building between 1841 and 1852. She was the first woman in Britain to qualify as a physician (as a woman*) and also became the country's first female mayor, of Aldeburgh, in 1908. The poet George Crabbe (1754-1832) also lived here.

It was also the birthplace of leading Suffragist Millicent Fawcett (nee Garrett).

A rapturous description of the business is given in Ronald Blythe's 2013 book 'The Time By The Sea' which devotes a whole chapter to this establishment and how top visiting artists to the Aldeburgh Festival were then invited to stay there. It was also where poet George Crabbe was apprenticed.***

(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)

(** historic book information from Bob Mitchell)

(*** this detail supplied by Hilary Thomson)


* Although usually credited as the first British woman doctor, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson was actually the second. Margaret Ann Bulkley qualified as a doctor in 1812, but in order to do so she had to masquerade as a man.