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Aldeburgh Uplands


opened 1964

Victoria Rd, IP15 5DX

grid reference TM 462 568

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listed building grade II

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last updated 31/08/2015

Early 19th cent building, with an extension about 1900; mid 20th cent conversion to hotel with a conservatory added in modern times.

For many years, Uplands was run as a guest house and it did not become a licensed hotel until 1964. It appears not to be a hotel now (just called Uplands House, with no obvious hotel signage).

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson lived in this building between 1841 and 1852. She was the first woman in Britain to qualify as a physician (as a woman*) and was also the first female mayor. It was also the birthplace of leading Suffragist Millicent Fawcett (nee Garrett).

A rapturous description of the business is given in Ronald Blythe's 2013 book 'The Time By The Sea' which devotes a whole chapter to this establishment and how top visiting artists to the Aldeburgh Festival were then invited to stay there. It was also where poet George Crabbe was apprenticed.***

(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)

(** historic book information from Bob Mitchell)

(*** this detail supplied by Hilary Thomson)


From 1841-52, the house was lived in by Elizabeth Garrett Anderson (1836-1917), the first woman to qualify as a physician (as a woman) and surgeon in Britain and Britain's first woman mayor, of Aldeburgh, in 1908. The poet George Crabbe (1754-1832) also lived here.

* Although credited as the first British woman doctor, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson was actually the second. Margaret Ann Bulkley qualified as a doctor in 1812, but in order to do so she had to masquerade as a man.