A1094 road

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A1094
Route information
Length: 7 mi (11 km)
Major junctions
North-west end: A12 at Benhall
  A12 A12 road
B1069 to Snape
B1121 to Saxmundham
B1069 to Leiston
B1122 to Leiston
East end: Aldeburgh
Location
Primary
destinations
:
Aldeburgh
Road network

The A1094 is an A road in the English county of Suffolk. It is around 7 miles (11 km) in length. The road runs from a junction off the A12 trunk road at Friday Street in Benhall to Aldeburgh on the North Sea coast. The road is single carriageway throughout.

Route description[edit]

The A1094 junction with the A12 is at the southern end of a short section of dual carriageway to the south of Benhall Lodge.[1] The junction is considered an accident risk and is protected by a 50 miles per hour speed limit and static speed camera.[2] It is the site of a farm and farm shop at Friday Street.

The road travels eastward toward the coast. It crosses the Lowestoft to Ipswich railway line and then the River Fromus, a tributary of the River Alde before entering the parish of Snape. It passes underneath a dual set of pylons which carry the overhead power lines from the Sizewell nuclear power stations, before passing to the north of the village of Snape. The parish Church of St John the Baptist, a Grade II* listed building dating from the 15th century, is immediately to the north of the road at the junction with the B1069 to Snape and Rendelsham and a minor road to Sternfield.[3]

The site of Snape Anglo-Saxon Cemetery is to the east of the church on former common land. It originally consisted of between eight and ten burial mounds on either side of the road.[4] Much of the site has been destroyed by modern agriculture and the remaining tumuli lie immediately to the south of the road.[5][6] A series of boat and ship burials were discovered here in the 19th century and the site is a scheduled ancient monument.[6][7][8]

A1094 Approaching Friston

The A1094 then passes sough of the village of Friston. Two World War II pillboxes are prominent landmarks in a field to the north of the road at the junction with the B1121 towards Saxmundham. These were built in 1940 as part of emergency invasion defences in East Anglia.[9][10][11][12] The junction with the B1069 towards Knodishall and Leiston is passed 200 metres (660 ft) to the east and the road continues in a south-easterly direction towards Aldeburgh,[1] passing more World War II defence systems to the south.[13]

Aldeburgh golf club lies other north of the A1094 and is passed before the outskirts of the town are reached. A roundabout controls traffic flow on the edge of the popular seaside resort with the B1122 running north to Leiston at this point. This marks the site of the former Aldeburgh railway station, the terminus of the branch line from Saxmundham. The last trains operated on this line in the 1966 and the station was demolished in 1975.[14] The Station public house is now located here.

The road continues into Aldeburgh passing the library before reaching the Grade II* listed Church of St Peter and St Paul with its 14th century tower overlooking the town.[15] The road turns sharply south at a junction immediately to the east the church, becoming Aldeburgh High Street.[16] It continues for around 700 metres (2,300 ft) south running parallel to the North Sea. It ends near the former Fort Green Mill with the road ahead passing a car park on the edge of the town before becoming a track onto the neck of Orford Ness.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Landranger Sheet 156 - Saxmundham, Aldeburgh & Southwold, Ordnance Survey 1:50 000 sheet, 2015-10-21.
  2. ^ New speed cameras for Suffolk villages, Ipswich Star, 2002-02-18. Retrieved 2015-10-24.
  3. ^ Church of St John the Baptist, Snape, British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 2015-10-24.
  4. ^ Tumulii and Sax mixed inhumation and cremation cemetery, Heritage Gateway. Retrieved 2015-10-24.
  5. ^ Bruce-Mitford, R.L.S (1953) The Snape Boat Grave, in Bruce-Mitford, Aspects of Anglo-Saxon Archaeology. Available online, retrieved 2015-10-23.
  6. ^ a b Church Common round barrows, Historic England. Retrieved 2015-10-23.
  7. ^ Filmer-Sankey. W (1983) The Snape Anglo-Saxon cemetery and ship burial: current state of knowledge, in Sutton Hoo Research Committee: Bulletins 1983-1988 pp.30-32. Available online, retrieved 2015-10-23.
  8. ^ Filmer-Sankey. W (1988) The Snape Anglo-Saxon cemetery - A report on the 1986 excavation, in Sutton Hoo Research Committee: Bulletins 1983-1988 pp.105-109. Available online, retrieved 2015-10-23.
  9. ^ Monument No 1421429 Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine., Pastscape, Historic England. Retrieved 2015-10-24.
  10. ^ Suffolk Square Pill Box, Friston, Traces of War. Retrieved 2015-10-24.
  11. ^ Suffolk Square Pill Box, Friston, Traces of War. Retrieved 2015-10-24.
  12. ^ Lowry.B (2004) British Home Defences 1940-45 p.18, Osprey Publishing. Available online, retrieved 2015-10-24.
  13. ^ Monument No 1420714 Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine., Pastscape, Historic England. Retrieved 2015-10-24.
  14. ^ Aldeburgh Station, Disused Stations. Retrieved 2015-10-24.
  15. ^ Church of St Peter and St Paul, Aldeburgh, British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 2015-10-24.
  16. ^ A1094 to Snape and Aldeburgh opening ahead of time Archived 16 June 2012 at the Wayback Machine., Suffolk Coast Business, 2012-05-22. Retrieved 2013-01-31.

Coordinates: 52°10′44″N 1°32′13″E / 52.179°N 1.537°E / 52.179; 1.537