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 Near right, the building with the mast in the first image was superceded by Wards Garage, now Wards Place.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

2015: Co-op deal set to modernise and safeguard Post Office services in Aldeburgh

As published by East Anglian Daily Times, 17 April 2015

Aldeburgh Post Office. Copyright EADT 2015.

Customers in an east Suffolk town will have improved post office services this summer following a partnership deal with a major retail business.

The East of England Co-op has agreed to take over as postmaster in Aldeburgh to ensure essential post office services for the town and nearby villages are modernised and safeguarded.

Roger Grosvenor, East of England Co-op executive officer for retail, said: “The Post Office has been eager to identify thriving retail businesses in East Anglia to take on post offices when vacancies arise. As the largest independent retailer in the region, situated at the heart of so many of our towns and villages, we clearly fit the bill. We wanted to ‘do the right thing’ in keeping post office services local, and we believe this move, along with additional opening hours, brings many benefits to the community.”

Kevin Shepherd, Post Office area manager, said: “We are making it easier for customers to get their cash, send and collect their mail and do their banking because we know how important these services are to local residents. We are confident this vibrant new-style post office at the heart of the community will meet customer needs. This modernisation is part of a major investment programme, the largest in the history of the Post Office and will secure services for the future. The investment marks a commitment to no more branch closure programmes.”

East of England Co-op will take over the current post office next door to its food store in High Street. The post office will close for refurbishment on June 9, reopening on June 19. It will feature two modern screened positions at the current location, which will open with increased hours Monday to Saturday, 9am to 5.30pm. At the food store there will be a new post office serving point, alongside the retail till, offering selected services during shop opening hours, Monday to Saturday, 8am to 9am and 5.30pm to 8pm, and on Sundays from 9am to 8pm.

Mr Shepherd said the arrangements would mean an extra 36 hours and 45 minutes a week opening, including all day Sunday and Saturday afternoon. He said: “The branch will also open earlier and will close much later every day. This will make it more convenient for customers to visit.”

The new-look Aldeburgh Post Office will enable residents and small business customers to access a wide range of Post Office and mail services, including international parcels, Special Delivery, Local Collect and home shopping returns, make cash withdrawals from a Post Office Card Account, send funds abroad using Moneygram, pay bills, buy holiday money, get insurance, mortgages and savings and top up mobile phones.

As the traditional banking network declines, customers for 95% of UK banks can use their post office for online banking cash deposits and withdrawals and bill payments.

While the post office is out of action for the refurbishment, customers will be able to use the facilities at Leiston Post Office, Sizewell Road, Leiston, or Snape Post Office, Church Road, Snape.