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St Peter and St Paul's Church, Aldeburgh
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St Peter and St Paul's Church, Aldeburgh
52°09′18″N 1°36′00″E / 52.154952°N 1.5999055°E / 52.154952; 1.5999055
Location Aldeburgh
Country England
Denomination Church of England
Dedication St Peter and St Paul
Heritage designation Grade II* listed
Parish Aldeburgh
Deanery Saxmundham
Archdeaconry Suffolk
Diocese Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich

St Peter and St Paul's Church, Aldeburgh is a Grade II* listed parish church in the Church of England in Aldeburgh, Suffolk.


The church tower dates from the 14th century, but much of the rest is 16th century, including the nave, north aisle and north chapel of 1525–1529; the south aisle and chapel 1534–1535; the south porch of 1539 and the chancel 1545. It was restored between 1870 and 1871 by Henry Perkin and again in 1891 by EF Bishop.


The church has a ring of 8 bells with all but the 6th bell being cast by John Taylor & Co at their Loughborough foundry in 1960 and 1961 as part of the restoration and augmentation of the ring. The restored bells were rededicated on the 18th June 1961. Previously there were six bells which were rehung by George Day of Eye in 1885 with 4th bell recast and treble added by John Warner & Sons to make six. The bells hang in an iroko wooden frame installed at the same time as the bells were overhauled in the 1960s.

Peals lasting around 3 hours are rung on the bells most months by members of the Suffolk Guild of Ringers and in 2008 a complaint was lodged with Suffolk Coastal council by a neighbour. The complaint was not upheld and dismissed during a debate in the House of Commons.

Bells of St Peter and St Paul's, Aldeburgh
Bell Date Note Diameter Founder Weight
long measure lb kg
Treble 1961 Ab 23.50 in (59.7 cm) John Taylor & Co 3 long cwt 0 qr 20 lb 356 161
2nd 1961 G 24.50 in (62.2 cm) John Taylor & Co 3 long cwt 1 qr 25 lb 389 176
3rd 1960 F 26.00 in (66.0 cm) John Taylor & Co 3 long cwt 3 qr 21 lb 441 200
4th 1960 Eb 27.50 in (69.9 cm) John Taylor & Co 4 long cwt 2 qr  2 lb 506 230
5th 1622 Db 28.50 in (72.4 cm) William & John II Brend 4 long cwt 1 qr  7 lb 483 219
6th 1913 C 31.13 in (79.1 cm) John Taylor & Co 6 long cwt 0 qr  4 lb 676 307
7th 1913 Bb 35.00 in (88.9 cm) John Taylor & Co 8 long cwt 2 qr  1 lb 953 432
Tenor 1960 Ab 39.13 in (99.4 cm) John Taylor & Co 11 long cwt 2 qr 20 lb 1,308 593


There is a memorial by Thomas Thurlow to George Crabbe the poet (d. 1832) and a monument to Lady Henrietta Vernon, d.1786. The church is most famous as being the burial place of the composer Benjamin Britten and his partner the tenor Peter Pears; also buried in the churchyard are the pioneering doctor Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, the soprano Joan Cross and the composer and conductor Imogen Holst. Britten is also commemorated in a stained glass window by John Piper and Patrick Reyntiens. The church also houses a memorial to Newson Garrett and his wife, the parents of Elizabeth Garrett Anderson.


The church has a two manual pipe organ by J. W. Walker & Sons Ltd dating from 1884. A specification of the organ can be found on the National Pipe Organ Register.

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