Snape Village Sign - an update. (transcript of article from Snape Village News, March 2003 edition)

Following the article by Bill Bailey in the December 2002 issue at ‘Snape Village News’, I felt I had to make one or two slight corrections to an otherwise excellent item. As the designer of the sign, I saw there were. a few facts which were not Quite correct, and hope Mr Bailey will not mind my putting these right! They were:

1) The Cross which surmounts the sign: this is based on the Consecration Cross which is found to the left of the South Door (inside), only part of which has been revealed after some. restoration. I ‘completed’ it into a full circle, in order for Hector Moore to forge into the Cross you see on the top of the sign.

2) It was an Anglo-Saxon ship seen in the top left quarter, referring to the Saxon burial-grounds along the Aldeburgh road. These were the subject of a series at major ‘digs’ some years ago led by Mrs ‘Muffett’ Harrison and the archaeologist, William Filmer-Sankey.

3) There was a Benedictine Order of Monks in Snape, at the Priory of St. Mary. The remains of this Priory lie under the Chapel Fields.

4) The bridge shown in the lower-left hand quarter was the old bridge, which was demolished in the 60’s (?) in order to make way for a more car friendly one. This was a great loss to the community, and - and so the story goes - Benjamin Britten, who loved the old bridge, used many of the bricks to have o beautiful curved wall constructed n the grounds of the Red House, Aldeburgh where he lived until his death in 1976.

5r) The Curlew symbolises Brittens inspiration drawn from the stunning countryside around the Alde. river, as of the first Church Parable ‘Curlew River’ itself.

6) The supports of the Sign are not, as Mr Bailey suggests, ears of corn, but the reeds growing by the Alde, which are so typical of the area.

I hope this gives a little more idea, putting more detail on Mr Bailey’s article, so to speak.

Jenny Toombs


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