We stopped in Woodbridge on the way to Aldeburgh. It’s an unexpectedly well-preserved English rural town, not too tarted up, full of independent shops and atmospheric detailing.
We walked down the so-called Thoroughfare, past a coffee shop with mid-seventeenth-century wood carving:-
Then past T.W. Cotman’s branch of Lloyd’s Bank, which tells you what it is, as if this wasn’t obvious:-
Up Church Street with the premises of Webb Bros., an old- fashioned ironmongers:-
And into the churchyard of St. Mary, where one is confronted by a neoclassical urn commemorating James Pulham, friend of Constable, who died MAY THE SECOND 1830:-
Opposite, the tomb of the Clarkes:-
The church itself is very impressive – large and civic and with decorative flint detailing:-
Inside, there is a fine early seventeenth-century tomb commemorating Jeffrey Pitman, kneeling above his wives and sons. These are the sons:-
I liked the font:-
And a corrugated iron, water butt:-
Up on Market Hill, I admired an antique shop of a sort one now seldom sees:-
And the decorative lettering in the window of a private house:-
All of it nicely intact, protected by acres of car parking which keeps the cars away.