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