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Aldeburgh, Suffolk

Aldeburgh, Suffolk, seaking shelter on the only rainy day of our vacation.
Aldeburgh, Suffolk, seaking shelter on the only rainy day of our vacation.

Close to where we took shelter was this inner yard with roses and hollyhocks.
Close to where we took shelter was this inner yard with roses and hollyhocks.

We now move on to the coast, to Aldeburgh. This little town is quite old. It is mentioned in the Domesday Book, the account of the first census in England in 1086, as Aldeburg, i.e. Old Burg. This testifies to the fact that people lived here long before 1086, and suggests that the river owes its name to the town rather than the other way around. In the Middle Ages a Benedictine Priory at Snape was given manorial rights to Aldeburgh and Snape, and thus controlled the town. After Cardinal Wolsey's attainder of the Priory in 1527-1528 in favour of a great college at Ipswich, Aldeburgh requested a city charter. It soon received a royal certificate making it a Parliamentary Borough and granting it the right to delegate two members to Parliament, a privilege that was maintained until the great reform act of 1832. Latterly it was considered a rotten borough.

At the time of death of Hendrik VIII in 1547 the present Moot Hall had already been built, a token of the prosperity and the independence of the town.

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