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St. Peter and St. Paul, Aldeburgh

November 4, 2013

St. Peter & St. Paul, Aldeburgh

DSCF8823Aldeburgh is a refined seaside town which has become synonymous with music. It was the home of Benjamin Britten and he and his partner, Peter Pears, are buried in the churchyard, along with several other notable musicians. When I come here I always think of Peter Grimes, Britten’s famous opera, which was performed on the beach here this summer. There are always plenty of visitors and it is not always easy to find a parking space. But to the church…

It is open every day although the sign boards only list the services held here. Inside there is much to see. There is information about some of the famous people associated with the town, especially Benjamin Britten. There are others as well. The church has a monument to George Crabbe as well as a moving one to a lifeboat disaster in 1899. I guess that many visitors come here because of Britten and there is a fine memorial window by John Piper.

The Trinity Chapel at Aldeburgh

The Trinity Chapel at Aldeburgh

There are some guide books for sale (although these had sold out on the day I visited) and some postcards, cards, book marks and prayer cards for sale. Also a ‘bat’ about the Nineteenth century glass in the church.The visitors book showed 16 visitors for October but there must be many more than that. There is a good folder on church life with lots of pictures of various events – this is obviously an active and friendly church. There is a prayer book to enter prayer requests into and a good children’s area set up for use.

DSCF8820I rate St. Peter and St. Paul’s as good for the visitor.



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  1. Vivien Finch permalink

    Dear Rev Nigel

    Good summary of St Peter and St Paul in Aldeburgh – a church I know very well
    I am editor of CTA newsletter and heard your address at recent seminar in Oxford and wanted to check out your website so as to reference it and your research in Nov newsletter
    May I commend your photography – such a critical aspect of this sort of site

    Kind regards
    Vivien Finch

    • Vivien – thank you. I have tried to take some reasonably good photos of the places I have visited. Those aren’t the best as it was raining and a very dull day! The exterior photo shows some rain drops on the lens but it was the best I could do.
      Aldeburgh is a very interesting place to visit.
      Thank you for putting me in the next newsletter.

  2. Richard Sharpe permalink

    My wife and I are ardent Britten and Aldeburgh lovers and heard Grimes at this year’s Festival. The church was beautifully decorated with flower arrangements depicting Britten operas. If you would like photographs do let me know.
    Richard Sharpe

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