Bounded to the south by the River Waveney which forms the border with Suffolk, Aldeby is a small village about five miles from Beccles.

The village was one of the original Viking settlements typical of the 9th and 10th centuries and the name ends in “by”, meaning homestead or village in the old Norse.

The beautifully carved sign was designed and constructed by Geoffrey Buck for the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977 and restored in 2012 for the Diamond Jubilee.

It admirably depicts its history with a Viking long ship, which at the time of my visit was decorated with small shield designs you can see above.

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