A couple of weeks ago I took a detour on the way to see youngest and Florence and called in to see the sea and the church at Aldeburgh, a small town I know well after all our years living just a few miles inland, and unlike all the churches visited prior to this, it's one I've actually been inside for a service.
The "treasure" that gives this church a place in the 100 treasures book is the memorial in the churchyard to the 7 men who drowned in a tragic event of 7 December 1899. The men were part of the 18 man crew of the Aldeburgh lifeboat which was hit broadside by two huge waves in heavy seas and capsized, trapping 6 men underneath.
Into the church and this beautiful copper plaque gives the names of those who died
It's a very wide church with the side aisles almost the same height as the main nave, there are no windows (clerestorey? )high up so it felt a bit gloomy in the middle aisle as I entered under the tower.
There is one person especially connected with Aldeburgh and he has a stained window in his memory and that's the composer Benjamin Britten. I'm not sure when the window by the artist John Piper was installed but Britten died in 1976.
Outside again and the South porch joins the pavement by the busy main road down the hill to the seafront and has archways through each side for a pathway....... might also be unique in Suffolk.......I don't know.
Lots more information about the church HERE
Just a couple of photos of the shingle, sea and gulls on a sunny September morning