The Britten Years at The Old Mill Snape

This article was researched and produced by Roger Horton, a former owner and resident of The Mill  The Windmill ceased working around 1933 and was purchased by Benjamin Britten in September 1937 for the grand sum of £450 using a £2000 legacy from his Mother who had died earlier in the year. The sails, buck […]

The Old Mill, Snape

A Brief History This article was researched and produced by Roger Horton, a former owner and resident of The Mill  A mill has stood on this site since at least 1688 and possibly considerably longer, certainly the high ground overlooking the river catches the wind to provide ample amounts of motive power. This particular post mill with […]

Archaeological Test Pitting Results

Access Cambridge Archaeology (ACA) delivered a two-day archaeological test pitting event in the village of Snape, over the weekend of the 7th and 8th of May 2016. The event was run in conjunction with Touching the Tide, a three-year Heritage Lottery Funded project due to end in July 2016. A total of 15 test pits were excavated by local […]

Facts and Figures about Snape

A comrehensive compilation of facts and figures outlining the history of Snape from the Domesday Book onwards sourced from Access Cambridge Archaeology (ACA)  1.  Parish: Snape Meaning: Pieces of land or poor grasing (Ekwall) 2. Hundred: Plomesgate Deanery: Orford (1785-1914), Saxmundham (1914 -) Union: Plomesgate RDC/UDC: (E. Suffolk) Plomesgate RD (1894-1934), Blyth R.D. (1934-1974), Suffolk Coastal D.C. (1974 -) Other […]

Benedictine Priory of Snape

About the year 1155 William Martel, in conjunction with Albreda his wife, and Geoffrey their son, gave the manors of Snape and Aldeburgh to the abbot and convent of the Benedictine house of St. John, Colchester. The founders intended that a prior and monks should be established at Snape subject to St. John’s, Colchester, and […]

Snape in the Domesday Book

Snape appears in 2 entries in the Domesday Book Entry 1 Taxable units: Taxable value 4.9 geld units. 40.0 villtax. Value: Value to lord in 1066 £7.2. Value to lord in 1086 £7. Value to lord c. 1070 £6. Households: 8 villagers. 16 smallholders. 25 free men. Ploughland: 5 lord’s plough teams possible. 8 men’s […]

The Snape Saxon Ship Burial

The Snape Boat Grave By R. L. S. BRUCE-MITFORD, F.S.A. Snape is an East Suffolk village on the north bank of the tidal estuary of the Alde, about five miles west of the small coastal town of Aldeburgh (Fig. 1). Here in 1862 and 1863 a pagan burial- ground was partially excavated.’ It lay exactly half […]