Monument record SUE 101 - A possible Medieval ferry quay in the intertidal zone of the River Alde off Slaughden Marshes, Sudbourne
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|Grid reference||Centred TM 46103 55351 (61m by 8m)|
|Civil Parish||SUDBOURNE, SUFFOLK COASTAL, SUFFOLK|
Type and Period (4)
A possible Medieval ferry quay is visible as a boat hard on aerial photographs from 1940 onwards, as a structure located at circa TM46105534 (S1). The boat hard is visible as two parallel post-built rows roughly two metres apart, probably of timber, protruding into the River Alde from the saltmarsh at the tip of the Sudbourne peninsular for approximately 60m. There is a boat hard marked in this location on the first and second edition Ordnance Survey maps of 1884 and 1904 (S2, S3). At this time it is annotated as a ferry route between Sudbourne and Slaughden Quay on the eastern side of the Alde. However, a point of 'passage' is marked in this location on a Norden survey map of 1601, suggesting that a ferry may have run from this location since at least the late medieval period (S4). The boat hard is still partially visible on aerial photographs of 1972 (S5). However, it is not clear from the photographs whether the hard has suffered damage from erosion or is simply becoming covered by river silts.
- <S1> SSF50005 Photograph: RAF. Air Photograph. RAF 2E/BR11/12 1-2 13-Aug-1940.
- <S2> SXS50088 Map: Ordnance Survey. 1880s. Ordnance Survey 25 inch to 1 mile map, 1st edition. Circa 1884.
- <S3> SXS50094 Map: Ordnance Survey. c 1904. Ordnance Survey 25 inch to 1 mile map, 2nd edition. 25". Circa 1904.
- <S4> SXS50118 Map: John Norden. 1601. Orford Ness, A selection of Maps Mainly by John Norden - presented to J A Steers.. 1 inch to 1 mile. Sheet XXVII, map of Aldeburgh area.
- <S5> SSF50066 Photograph: OS, AP. NMR OS/72057 106-107 24-Mar-1972.
- None recorded
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Record last edited
Oct 21 2004 4:56PM