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, but this work is still in progress.



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, addition of a very few useful explanatory items, etc.  Apart from the "miscellaneous-pix" folder — which now includes all communities with less than four images, namely Dunwich, Farnham, Hazlewood, Iken and Tunstall — the original Collection's file-folder structure has been retained.

Filenames within the Collection have been made more meaningful, prefixed with a nine-character Reference-ID consistent with our Group's Index naming conventions, followed by a fuller text description.  Briefly, each image's filename is prefixed with "PD" and (usually) the first three characters of the location's name, followed by a unique suffix based on the Collection's original filename and/or the image's subject — so typically of the form "PDlocuuuu".

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)".



PDALBxxuu   Aldeburgh   "xx"= BE=beach, HI=High Street, uuuu=etc. [Most of the images' filenames have unstructured Reference-ID's.]
PDARxxx?u   Aldringham   "xxx" or "xxxx"=  AIR=air accident 24/5/1919, ALM=Almshouses, BEL=B.R.Shreeve/Belle Coaches, CHA=Baptist Chapel, CHU=Church, EDW=Bertie Edwards (PO), ELM=Elm Tree Farm, GANN=Gannon memorial, HOU=Aldringham House, Lmmss or Lmmss=stills from ©1964 Anglia TV documentary on Cecil Lay: "A Gentleman of Suffolk", LAY=Cecil Lay (incl. Raidsend/Aldringham Court), MILL, MUR=murder 8/7/1945 newspaper cuttings, PPyy=Parrot & Punchbowl, SCH=School, STO=Stone House (IP16 4LT), VIEWu or VIWuu=general view, WWI=Great War documents, uuuuu=etc.
PDBENuuuu   Benhall   (in folder "Benhall&Sternfield", as in the original Collection)
PDDUNuuuu   Dunwich   (in folder "miscellaneous pix")
PDFARyyyy   Farnham   (in folder "miscellaneous pix")
PDFRIxxuu   Friston   "xx"= BH=Blackheath House, CH=Church, CQ=Chequers X-roads exc. FG=Forge Corner, ML=mill, PO=old Post Office, FRIST=etc.
PDHZuuuuu   Hazlewood   (in folder "miscellaneous-pix")
PDIKuuuuu   Iken   (in folder "miscellaneous-pix")
PDKNOxxuu   Knodishall   "xx"= GV=George V Coronation 1911, ML=mills, RV=Hundred River, SC=school, KNOD0=etc
PDLEIxxxu   Leiston   "xxx"= ABBey, AIR=WW2 airfield, GAR=Garretts' Leiston Works, SZR=Sizewell Road, uuuu=etc. (≈60% unstructured)
PDMHAIRFu   Martlesham Heath airfield
PDORFxxuu    Orford   "xx"= CA=Castle, CH=Church, NS=Orford Ness incl. lighthouses, ML=mill
PDSAXuuuu   Saxmundham    
PDSIZxxuu   Sizewell   "xx"= CH=Cliff House, DH=Dower House, GP=The Gap, HL=House/Hall, TH=Tea/Ness House, VA=Vulcan Arms, WD=Warden's, WR=wrecks incl. 'Carmenta', 00=etc.
PDSZ?xxnn   Sizewell nuclear power stations SZA and SZB, and SZX=Sizewell Crossing/halt/sidings
PDSLAxxuu   Slaughden   "xx"= 3M="The Three Mariners Inn", FE=Ferry, QY=Quay, SLAUG=etc.
PDSNAxxuu   Snape   "xx"= BR=pre-1960 Bridge, CH=Church, CX=Crown X-roads, FL=1953 flood, MG=Snape Maltings, MK=Markin's MillML=The Old Mill/Hudson's Mill (Benjamin Britten's home, 1937-47), RC=Racecourse, RL=railway: Snape Branch Line,  WT=Snape Watering, XC=Anglo-Saxon Cemetery excavations 1985-92, SNAPE=etc.
PDSTExxuu   Sternfield   "xx"= BR=Bridge, CH=Church (in folder "Benhall & Sternfield", as in the original Collection)
PDTHEBuuu   Theberton    
PDTHOxxuu   Thorpeness   "xx"= AL=Almshouses, BA=Old Barn, BE=beach, BH=Benthills, BR=Haven Bridge & Black Mill, CC=Kursaal/Country Club, CH=Church (1936-1980s), DL=Dolphin, EO=Estate Office (now Kitchen@Thorpeness), GC=Golf Clubhouse, GF=Golf Course, HV=The Haven (road), LK=Lakeside (road), ML=C20th mills & House in the Clouds, MR=Meare & Boathouse, NE=Northend, PARu=Partables Farm, RG=Regatta, RL=railway: Thorpeness Halt, THORP=C19th Thorpe village, SP=Shell Pits, UP=Uplands, VW=general view, WB=West Bar, WG=Westgate, WK=Workmen's Club, WL=Whinlands
PDTHPxxuu   Thorpeness 1929/30 publicity photos: "xx" as PDTHO above
PDTUNuuuu   Tunstall   (in folder "miscellaneous pix")



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 (and incidentally allows the originally complex file-folder/subfolder structure to be simplified too) — these are listed in the third column of the table above.  For example, there are several windmill views with an ID of "MLuu", such as "PDKNOML33_ Knodishall-windmill.jpg" (formerly "nv29_033.jpg") — you will see above that some windmill references are highlighted in bold font.

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,  so that their relative position within the file-folder is retained.



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 Bungalow and  House Thorpeness PD THO PAR x colour images (PARB and PARH) replace B&W images of Partable Farm
original my31_004 Thorpeness PD THO 3104 Thorpeness General Stores & PO (temporary) [approx date TBC]
original my31_007 Sizewell PD SIZ HL AV avenue to Sizewell House inferior SIZ 74.jpg ignored
original [school, my31_005/6] Aldringham [PD AR SCH x  and two heathland-fire images] [images awaiting +ve ID]
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
Thorpe 1030 216 ... old fish shop Thorpeness PD THO BA 16 Old Barn painting (old fish shop) copy clearer copy of Old BARN
Thorpeness ...wreck of Carmenta Sizewell PD SIZ WR Cn [n1-5] Wreck of 'Carmenta', 23/2/1916 |


Also, superior AVSFHG copies have been swapped in as