Then & Now – Crag Path: Between the Lookouts

Crag Path – c.1900

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Postcard View of Crag Path looking south c.1900

Crag Path – July 2011

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Crag Path looking south via Google Street View July 2011

A tale of two halves!

The first image was taken from the top of the North Lookout, something the Google camera car could not match in the second image.

Apart from the Crag Path now having tarmac, a continuous wall, delightful yellow lines, bollards and cars, there is no major change to the buildings that feature. In the foreground, are the former single storey shops where you could once pop in for some light refreshments and a haircut.

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The single storey buildings courtesy of Paul Payne June 2015

But left of the wall, the picture is very different. This part of the beach is now devoid of all evidence of Aldeburgh’s  fishing and tourism industries. Not a fishing boat, winch or bathing machine is now in sight. The only objects now made of wood are the benches conveniently placed to gaze out to sea and ponder what the scene may have looked like a century ago.

Acknowledgement

Many thanks to Paul Payne for the photo of the former shops and for prompting memories of them in our Aldeburgh Past facebook group.

Can you help?

Do you have any old photographs of Aldeburgh ‘then’? Or could you take photos of Aldeburgh ‘now’ from a similar angle to old postcard images we have? If so, please get in touch by emailing us at aldeburgh@oneplacestudy.org

Then & Now – High Street (1)

High Street – c.1910

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Postcard View of High Street c.1910

High Street – July 2011

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High Street via Google Street View July 2011

Spot the many differences!

Apart from the fact that the angles of the two shots are different, on the near left, the row of cottages, and the taller building beyond, have hardly changed. Back in 1901 the row of cottages was known as Emeny Cottages. In the first image, the middle cottage, 3 Emeny Cottages (96 High St) would have been the Tailors Shop run then by Ernest William Block. 1 Emeny Cottages (92 High St), where the children were standing, is now known as Bee Cottage.

The story is very different on the right. Near right, the building with the mast in the first image was superceded by Wards Garage, now Wards Place. The very tall building was the former Post Office (105 High St) which as you know from our first ‘Then & Now’ was destroyed by bombs in WW2. Coming back towards the Town Steps, 103 and 101 High St have also been rebuilt. One building clearly present in both images is Bell Cottage (93 High St), built in 1805 with a distinctive arch feature. The protruding single storey building just beyond was a book store. That and the former cottage at 97 High St have gone leaving 99 High St standing quite alone (see below).

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99 High St standing alone & Bell Cottage to the right via Google Street View July 2011

Can you help?

Do you have any old photographs of Aldeburgh ‘then’? Or could you take photos of Aldeburgh ‘now’ from a similar angle to old postcard images we have? If so, please get in touch by emailing us at aldeburgh@oneplacestudy.org

Then & Now – Oakley Square

Oakley Square – c.1910

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Postcard View of Oakley Square c.1910

Oakley Square – July 2011

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Oakley Square via Google Street View July 2011

Spot the difference!

Perhaps the most obvious is the complete absence of vehicles in the earlier image. The skyline has clearly changed. In the first image the former post office towered above the adjacent high street buildings until it was destroyed by bombs in WW2. In the second image the roof of the catholic church built in the 1920s is clearly visible. It used to have a high tower but that too suffered bomb damage in WW2. And when the church was first constructed, it was half the length!

The backs of 110-118 High Street had changed little, save colour schemes and insertion of a new window.

The building on the left of the square has now gone, as too have the railings on the building on the right (presumably these were removed during WW2 when metal was in such high demand to keep the war machine going).

Can you help?

Do you have any old photographs of Aldeburgh ‘then’? Can you take any photos from a similar angle for Aldeburgh ‘now’? If so, please email us at aldeburgh@oneplacestudy.org