A boat on Aldeburgh Beach


The town of Aldeburgh is situated on the River Alde. The name comes from Alde meaning Old and Burgh meaning Fort. The fort which gave the town it's name and much of the Tudor town have since been lost through coastal errosion.

The Scallop and Benjamin Britten

The sculpture of a Scallop shell on Aldeburgh beach was unveiled in 2003. The controversial structure created by local artist Maggi Hambling is dedicated to Benjamin Britten used to walk along the beach. Britten was born in Lowestoft in 1913 and spent much of his life in East Anglia. In 1976 he became Baron Britten of Aldeburgh, where he died a few months later. His grave can be found in the church yard of St. Peter and St Paul's Church in the town.


For more information about the town, please see our Aldeburgh portal site.

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