The town of Aldeburgh is situated along the River Alde. The name derives from Alde meaning Old and Burgh meaning Fort. The fort which gave the town it’s name along with the Tudor town have since been lost through coastal errosion.

The Scallop and Benjamin Britten

The sculpture of a Scallop shell can be found on Aldeburgh beach and was unveiled in 2003. The controversial structure was created by local artist Maggi Hambling is dedicated to Benjamin Britten as he used to walk along the beach. Britten was born in Lowestoft in 1913 and spent most of his life in East Anglia. In 1976 he became Baron Britten of Aldeburgh, shortly before ending his days. His grave can be found in the church yard of St. Peter and St Paul’s Church within the town.

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