COLLECTION:  "PD" PHOTOS DEPOSITED
WITH US AS DIGITAL IMAGES

 

During the Summer of 2020, we acquired a copy on CD of around 1200 images (mostly photos) gathered over many years by a local collector, who has lived and worked around Leiston all his life.  Apart from a handful of images for Martlesham Heath airfield, the images are from the Alde Valley.  We aim to secure this very local collection, identifying and documenting as many of its images as we can — respecting its identity by keeping it separate from our other resources, but aligning it to our normal indexing.  As work is done, the images will be secured on the computers in our Help Centre, for personal viewing only.

 

Our archive of the Collection contains computer-folders of images for each the communities of Aldeburgh (54 images), Aldringham (245), Benhall & Sternfield (22), Friston (50), Knodishall (42), Leiston (69), Martlesham Heath airfield (8), Orford (17), Saxmundham (5), Sizewell (125), Slaughden (13), Snape (78), Theberton (6) and Thorpeness (163 + (dated 1929/30) 291) — the counts are approximate because of a very few reallocations between communities, removal of duplicates, etc.  A "miscellaneous-pix" folder contains a maximum of three images each for Dunwich, Farnham, Hazlewood, Iken and Tunstall.

Filenames have been made more meaningful, prefixed with nine characters consistent with our Group's Index Reference-ID naming conventions, followed by a fuller text description.  The prefix is usually of the form "PDlocuuuu", where "PD" indicates a Photos Deposit image, then usually  the community's three-character abbreviation (such as "BEN" for Benhall), and then a unique (maybe structured) four-character suffix — or very similar to this standard.  Slight, but usually clear, variations are detailed in a particular community's entry on our «Index: Alde Valley abbreviations» webpage.  For example, many Thorpeness images use the expected THO, but the almost 300 publicity photos from the 1929/30 season are particularly identified with THP ("P" for "publicity"), and retained in a separate computer-folder (just as in the original Collection).

The unique (usually four-character) suffix is derived from the image-filename on the original issue CD, unless it is inaccurate.  As far as practicable, it is also chosen so that sets of files in each location's folder remain close to their original order, to retain a respectful continuity with the Collection — though it can also be further divided two-and-two (or three-and-one), so related images fall together too.  For example, there are several windmill views with an ID of "MLuu", such as "PDKNOML33_ Knodishall-windmill.jpg" — formerly "nv29_033.jpg".  As suggested above, the «abbreviations» webpage details this further.

The filename ends with a meaningful description, such as for the first-listed of the Aldeburgh images, "PDALB0053_lifeboats-Lucy-Lavers&Abdy-Beauclerk(both-tog-1940-59).jpg".  Its original filename was ap15_003.jpg, and was listed just before another file, de01_004.jpg — renamed as PDALB0104_launch-of-lifeboat-'George-Houndsfield'-1872.jpg.

If there are around ten or more images for a community, they don't appear individually in our Index, but only in summary, when the "uuuu"="-PIX" suffix is used to collectively index them as a one-line entry.  So, for example, the title of Knodishall's entry, PDKNO-PIX, includes the comment "(approx 42 images)".

Apart from more descriptive naming of the images, the Collection remains very broadly as was.  Other changes, mostly  mislocated images, are listed below.  Also, three Thorpeness Halt photos in the original Aldringham folder are now with the other Thorpeness railway images — all now prefixed PDTHORL.

Original folder Original filename(s) Current folder Reference-ID in filename [punctuation differs slightly] notes
           
Aldeburgh de01_007 & de28_033 Aldeburgh PD ALB BE 07 The Promenade in 1900 inferior de28_033 ignored
Aldeburgh oc02$002 Thorpeness PD THO 2002 Royal Artillery gunner w/ Morris 15cwt 4x2 GS re uniform, truck, building
Aldringham nv14_005 Aldr'ham | Leiston PD LEI GAR 6 -ton undertype wagon on test in Aldringham, 1922 [image in both folders]
Aldringham oc11_002 miscellaneous-pix PDHZWW2 MI Hazlewood WW2 air-crash memorial, 24/3/41 Stirling bomber 7 Sqn RAF
Friston de03_004 miscellaneous-pix PD FARNH ST The Street, Farnham, Saxmundham — 1908 internet-copy title=location
Leiston cadets 1, 2, 3 and 4 Aldeburgh PD ALB CAD n [n 1-4] Queen with Air Cadets, 2/6/1967 at Aldeburgh Moot Hall
Mheath [5 MH Airfield images] Martlesham-Heath 5 images + 3 extra info from Martlesham Heath Aviation Soc only community outside AV
mis[cellaneous] [Iken, Tunstall images] miscellaneous-pix Dunwich, Farnham, Hazlewood, Iken and Tunstall images individual entries in Index
mis[cellaneous] oc02$003 Leiston PD LEI AIR M US airman at Leiston airfield confirmed by PD
mis[cellaneous] Suffolk1910 [map] miscellaneous-pix MAP 1910 SK [PD] Suffolk, 1910 AVSFHG ref-ID convention
mis[cellaneous] Zeppelin crash Theberton PD THEB ZEP Zeppelin L48 crash, 17/6/1917 &☞ PDLEICUTT ... coffins
Orford de10_002 Slaughden PD SLAUG 02 aerial view of spit looking N to Slaughden, etc Ness: Slaughden is closest
"original" my31_007 Sizewell PD SIZ HL AV avenue to Sizewell House inferior SIZ 74.jpg ignored
Sax[mundham] ja21#001 Aldeburgh PD ALB ST ML Station Mill w/ station behind c1910 text & station-roof confirms
Sax[mundham]  Saxmundham  mill Aldeburgh PD ALB STA M Station Mill w/ station behind ditto + image was mistitled
Sizewell 105 Thorpeness PD THORP 05 boats IH29 & IH190 — now near Headlands confirmed -vs- current view
Snape de04_058 Benhall&Sternfield PD STE BR 58 Sternfield Bridge inferior de01_021 confirms
Thorpeness ...wreck of Carmenta Sizewell PD SIZ WR Cn [n1-5] Wreck of 'Carmenta', 23/2/1916 | wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?202818

 

 

Also, superior AVSFHG copies have been swapped in as
PD ALB 2824 PD AR CHU 08 PD ORF CA 78
PD ALB BUS PD AR SATEL PD SIZ HL 41
PD ALB MILL PD LEI CUTT PD SLA FERR
PD ALB TILL PD LEI GAR W PD SNA MK ML