Then & Now – Crag Path: Between the Lookouts

Crag Path – c.1900


Postcard View of Crag Path looking south c.1900

Crag Path – July 2011


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.


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.


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

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