1932: Lightning Strikes Golfers


Whilst playing golf at Aldeburgh, Suffolk, yesterday, three golfers and two caddies were struck by lightning, and other people were considerably shaken.

Those who were struck were: The Hon. Andrew Vanneck, of Hevningham Hall, Suffolk, brother of Lord Huntingfield; Major Marriott, a London visitor; Capt. B. I. M. Barrett, a retired Army officer, of Aldeburgh; Percy William Cook and Stanley White, two local caddies.

All five were conveyed to Aldeburgh Cottage Hospital suffering from extensive burns on various parts of their bodies. Capt. Barrett had his tongue burned. Major Marriott was the least hurt and was able to proceed home after attention. The caddy Cook was also allowed to go home in the evening but is confined to bed, and the other three are detained in Hospital.

Mr. R. E. Greensmith, a brother-in-law of Capt. Barrett, stated that when between the fourth and seventh greens a storm began and many golfers rushed to a nearby shelter made of rushes and covered with galvanised wire on the roof.

The lightning appeared to strike this, he said, and knocked down four of the persons standing outside the shelter.

An Aldeburgh caddy, William Green, said that when he rushed to the assistance of the golfers after seeing a cloud of smoke, Capt. Barrett’s hat was badly torn while Cook’s shoes were almost ripped off his feet. White’s hat was torn and the back of his hair scorched.

Another visitor who arrived at the hut at the same time as Greensmith said that there was a peculiar circular flash and then a report like a bomb. The other occupants of the shelter, he said, if not actually struck, felt pains in their bodies.

Nottingham Evening Post, Tuesday 2 August 1932

1928: Aldeburgh Flower Show

Those in the Framlingham district who are hoping to spend the day at this popular little resort on Monday should make a special point of visiting the Flower Show to be held on the “Mayor’s Field.” Bills in circulation in Framlingham and the district give full details of the day’s programme, which is most comprehensive, embracing as it does, in addition to some 80 classes of garden produce, an exhibition of handicrafts, etc., by Women’s Institute, 25 sports events, a baby show and numerous side shows. The Aldeburgh Town Band and Walsh’s well-known dance band will be in attendance, and no effort will be spared by the organisers to give visitors a real good time.

Framlingham Weekly News, 4 August 1928

1928: Saved 413 Lives – Family’s Proud Record

Among the lifeboat families of England, the Cables, of Aldeburgh, In the County of Suffolk, are outstanding. For over a hundred years five generations have given practically unbroken service, and have helped to save 413 lives.

There was a Cable in the very first crew of the Aldeburgh lifeboat in 1824. and there are four to-day, with others, on the waiting list. The first two Cables, father and son, were drowned on service, one of them while swimming through rough seas with a line to a grounded ship. Although he lost his life, he was able to get the line on board, and by means of it seven men were saved.

Perhaps the most famous of the family was James Cable, coxswain from 1887 to 1917. and still alive, despite his many thrilling adventures in stormy seas. Three times he was awarded the silver medal of the Lifeboat Institution for his gallant services, and in addition, received awards from the ex-Kaiser and the Norwegian and Finnish Governments. Apart from his lifeboat rescues (says the London “Daily Chronicle”), he has been instrumental single-handed in saving eleven people from drowning, and holds the Royal Humane Society’s medal and certificates for these services. One of his greatest feats – though it did not result in his saving any lives – was on January 5, 1881. when he took his boat through 90 miles of a raging winter storm in search of two wrecked ships. In each case lifeboats from stations nearer at hand succeeded in rescuing the crews before he arrived.

Another Cable, Robert, retired last year after 45½ years’ service, during which he had a share in the saving of 170 lives.

Three members of the fourth generation .are in the crew to-day. “Already one of the fifth generation (one of James Cable’s three grandsons) is serving, and another, 12 years of age, is only waiting till he is old enough.

Queensland Times, Wednesday 8 February 1928

1925: The new church at Aldeburgh

As published by The Tablet, 4 April 1925

His lordship the Bishop of Northampton visited Aldeburgh-on-Sea, Suffolk, on Wednesday of last week to perform the ceremony of opening the completed portion of the new church, dedicated to Our Lady and St. Peter. An illustration of the exterior of this building, showing the round Suffolk tower, which is one of the characteristic features, appeared in The Tablet for August 9 last year (page 596). Aldeburgh was established as an outpost of the faith more than twenty years ago, when a community of Ursuline nuns from France opened a convent in 1904. With their return to that country the need for a church became imperative, and it was with great joy that Catholics from the surrounding districts, with contingents from Ipswich, Woodbridge, and Southwold, assembled last week for the opening ceremony. The blessing of the church had been performed on the previous evening, the 24th, by the parish priest, Father C. M. Davidson, D.D., and the Bishop celebrated the first Mass the next morning. At eleven o’clock solemn High Mass was sung by Father Davidson, assisted by Fathers E. Stokes and E. McHugh as deacon and subdeacon. His lordship the Bishop was assisted by Mgr. Freeland, V.G., and Canon Peacock, of Ipswich. Father Marshall, of Cambridge, acted as M.C., and Mgr. Barton Brown was in the sanctuary, with Fathers St. Leger Mason (Southwold), Donovan (Stowmarket), Shebbeare (Woodbridge), McCaul (Ipswich), and Fitzgerald (Thetford). The Mayor of Aldeburgh was also present. The sermon was preached by Father Hugh Pope, O.P., on Christ and His Church, eloquently and touchingly bringing home to all present the work of Our Lord in the sacraments, and particularly by His Sacramental Presence on the altar of every Catholic church. Mr. Albert Groves, with boys from St. Michael’s School, Hitchin, was responsible for the singing, and Hasler’s Dixit Maria Mass was effectively rendered. Mr. Groves kindly volunteered his services, and at a recital the previous evening showed once again his skill as a choirmaster.

After the High Mass a luncheon was given at the Brudenell Hotel. His lordship the Bishop in his speech said it was a special joy to him to be present, as that was the first church he had opened as Bishop of the diocese. It was also a joy to him to announce that he was the bearer of the Holy Father’s blessing to the Catholics of Aldeburgh and the district. He felt he must congratulate the town upon the acquisition of such a beautiful church. All must feel great sorrow at the death of Mr. Young, the architect, but he must felicitate Mr. Reid, his partner, on the great success of the building ; Mr. Redde, the builder ; the workmen, the benefactors, and Father Davidson. Undoubtedly the building was a little gem. Father Davidson, responding, thanked his lordship for having made a special effort to be present and for his continuous encouragement and help through difficult times. He hoped that something really permanent had now been erected, the round tower and the dedication to Our Lady and St. Peter recalling the ancient churches of East Anglia, once so faithful to the old religion. He would like to thank first the Ursuline nuns who first made possible the establishment of a Catholic parish, the anonymous donor of £1,000, Mrs. Eyre for many gifts, the many benefactors, the Mayor for his presence, and the town for its good will. The expenditure incurred has amounted to £2,300, of which £500 has been borrowed. After the luncheon there was Benediction and Te Deum, when again the church was crowded to its utmost capacity.

Part of the nave, the tower, and principal porch have now been erected, while provision is made for subsequent additions which include extension of the nave, erection of sanctuary, and the completion of two aisles forming side chapels. The architecture is fourteenth-century Gothic. Flint has been used in the facings of the walls, and Monks Park stone has been worked for the mullioned and traceried windows. A striking feature is the round tower, and its attractiveness is enhanced by its commanding position over the town steps. The roof of the church is covered in with antique red tiling, while the moulding of the porch ceiling is picked out in red. The beautiful reredos at the back of the altar, designed by the late Mr. Arthur Young shortly before his death, is at present unfinished. This reredos is intended ultimately for the Lady altar at the other end of the church when completed.

1919: Two Aeroplanes Collide

And Crash With Fatal Result. Ex-Officer of R.A.F. Killed.

An aeroplane accident of an unusual type occurred at Aldringham, near Aldeburgh, shortly before noon yesterday.

Two machines collided with great force and crashed to the earth. As a result, ex-Lieutenant Max Jacobs, R.A.F., lately demobilised, who is stated to have been on a week-end visit to the district, was killed and three other persons seriously injured.

The deceased, whose parents live at Blackheath, is a married man with one little daughter, aged four. He has been staying at Aldeburgh, where he had previously been stationed for about a year.

Dundee Courier, Monday 26 May 1919

1915: Another Zeppelin Raid


IPSWICH. Friday Morning.

A Zeppelin airship appeared over the East coast early on Friday morning, and dropped bombs on Ipswich, Bury St. Edmunds, Whitton, and Aldeburgh.

The only serious damage done by the Zeppelin was in Brookhall-road, where three houses were set on fire and gutted.  No personal injuries are reported.

At Bury St. Edmunds two shops are on fire, the borough market, and one in St. Andrews-street. Nobody injured.

The Zeppelin is also reported to have dropped bombs on Whitton, without doing any damage and to have appeared over Aldeburgh.

The latest reports estimate that a dozen bombs were dropped on Bury, and six on Ipswich.

Extract from The Cornishman, Thursday 6 May 1915

1914: Aldeburgh Cinema Man Charged with Desertion

At Tottenham Police Court on Thursday, Albert Mowles, care of Thurston’s, The Electric Cinema, Aldeburgh, was summoned by his wife, Rosa Mowles, of 174, Brettenham Road, Edmonton. Defendant did not appear.

The wife stated that they had been married nine years and had one child, a boy aged six years. Her husband worked for Messrs. Thurston, and received 28s. a week. He lived in one of their vans. While he was away he usually visited her at close intervals, and regularly sent her money. For the last few weeks, however, the money had not come regularly, and it had been addressed to his son. At one time he sent her 12s. a week, then 7s., and at last 5s. For the last three months he had not visited her, and had sent her no money. She had received two letters from him, in which he stated that as they could not agree he would rather they lived apart. He would not come to see her as he “had another girl.” He had never ill-used her.

A separation order was made, and defendant was ordered to pay into Court for his wife 10s. a week. He was also ordered to pay the costs, 12s. 6d.

Framlingham Weekly News, 20 June 1914

1912: Up-To-Date Aldeburgh

The installation works to provide the borough of Aldeburgh with electric lighting are being rapidly pushed forward, and it is expected that by Easter the generating station, near the railway terminus, will be completed, and the town lighted up. Handsome steel tubular standards for the overhead wires and lamps have been erected along the High Street and Crag Path; at other parts neat wood poles will be utilised. This very necessary improvement is universally welcomed by the inhabitants, and will undoubtedly enhance the attractions of this watering-place in the eyes of visitors.

Framlingham Weekly News, 27 January 1912

 1911: High Seas at Aldeburgh – Dramatic Description of the Invaded Cottage

The ravages of the sea caused considerable damage at Aldeburgh on Saturday, and the appearance of the beach at the south end of the town is very alarming. A large slice of the crag path has been taken out just beyond the south end of Brudenell Terrace.

At Slaughden the extraordinary appearance of the house that has been filled up with shingle on the ground floor can scarcely be adequately described. The door of the house is on the north side of the building, and the house at normal times is quite a good distance from the sea, yet the waves not only piled up shingle on the outside of the house to a most inconvenient extent, but, bursting open the door, filled the two apartments on either side of the door with pebbles from the beach. At the back is the kitchen and in the front the sitting-room. The couch has had one of its “feet” knocked off, and littered over with all sorts of articles which are not usually found in a parlour, including a long-handled brush. The whole of the central portion of the room is filled with shingle, piled up three or four feet deep. It is an extraordinary sight, and large numbers of people have peered in at the windows to see it. Myriads of small stones covered the stairs leading to the bedrooms.

Fortunately, the occupiers, Mr. and Mrs. John Smith, were spending the night on board a fishing smack in the river for safety. Mr. Smith, about one o’clock on Sunday morning, visited the house to see what had happened, and found the door burst open, while the seas were dashing over the porch outside. A wave knocked him over as it dashed past the house, and he was wetted to the  skin. He has lived in the house eight years, and has had shingle washed into it before, but never to anything like such an extent.

There are two or three buildings in ruins a little further to the south.

Framlingham Weekly News, 7 October 1911

1908: Mayor’s Banquet at Aldeburgh

On Saturday evening, the Mayor of Aldeburgh (Mrs. Garrett Anderson, M.D.) entertained some forty guests, including the Town Council, at the White Lion Hotel, Aldeburgh.

– The toast-list was a long one, the most important being that of “The Colonies,” proposed by Mr. Alan Anderson (Orient Line), son of the Mayor, and responded to by Capt. Collins, R.N.

– Dr. Beverley, of Norwich, responded for the “Medical Profession,” and drew attention to the fact that Aldeburgh, in its Mayor, had honoured his profession, for Mrs. Anderson had been president of the East Anglian Medical Congress.

– The Mayor, responding to the toast  of “The Borough,” said she would try in her year of office to be a sort of motherly house-keeper, and would try to make the town, of which they were justly so proud, neater and more elegant, for being elegant was not wickedness. They must not talk, but as a Council work together.

– A most enjoyable evening was spent.

Norfolk Chronicle, Saturday 19 December 1908