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Moot Hall (Aldeburgh)

The Moot Hall is a picturesque and fascinating building in the delightful coastal town of Aldeburgh in Suffolk.

A timber framed building from the 16th century, it stands close to the shore, but was originally in the centre of the town a couple of streets away from the sea. This is because of the relentless erosion that has been a feature of this coastline for centuries.

In the Moot Hall is now a museum, telling the story of the fishing and shipbuilding village that became a resort.

The climax of the opera "Peter Grimes" takes place in the Moot Hall. Composed by Benjamin Britten, who with Peter Pears made his home in Aldeburgh, it was based on "The Borough" by another local man, George Crabbe.

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