Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Britten's reed-fringed path

'Snape is a straggling village just off the road to Aldeburgh. The River Alde, broad and marshy in its lower reach, becomes a small stream above the sluice at Snape Bridge. In 1938 the Garrett family was still operating the big Maltings by the old bridge, and lorries, barges and railway goods wagons came and went. Britten's Mill stood about half a mile north of this activity, in Snape village proper, but in a few minutes he could be walking on the reed-fringed path that wound past the Maltings towards Iken Marshes, with only the wildlife of the estuary for company' - from Benjamin Britten, A Biography by Humphrey Carpenter.

The photo was taken on Monday (Dec 3) from the reed-fringed path through Iken Marshes that Britten used to walk. The viewpoint is a mile downstream from Snape, the white speck on the horizon in the centre is the roof of the Maltings concert hall.
Photo (c) On An Overgrown Path 2007. Report broken links, missing images and errors to - overgrownpath at hotmail dot co dot uk

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