COLLECTION: "PD" PHOTOS DEPOSITED
WITH US AS DIGITAL IMAGES
During the Summer of 2020, we acquired a copy on CD of around 1200 images (mostly photos) gathered over many years by a local collector, who has lived and worked in Leiston all his life. Apart from a handful of images for Martlesham Heath airfield, the images are from the Alde Valley. We aim to secure this very local collection, identifying and documenting as many of its images as we can — respecting its identity by keeping it separate from our other resources, but aligning it to our normal indexing. As this work is completed, the images will be secured on the computers in our Help Centre for personal viewing only.
The Collection contains computer-folders of images for each the communities of Aldeburgh (54√ images), Aldringham (267), Benhall (20), Friston (45√), Knodishall (43√), Leiston (66), Martlesham Heath airfield (5√), Orford (18), Saxmundham (5√), Sizewell (125), Slaughden (12√), Snape (79), Theberton (5√) and Thorpeness (150 + (dated 1929/30) 297√) — each total is approximate. Additionally a "miscellaneous-pix" folder contains a maximum of three images each for Dunwich, Farnham, Hazlewood, Iken and Tunstall.
Reference-ID's for each Photos Deposit image are prefixed "PD", then usually the Alde Valley community's three-character abbreviation — see the webpage —
PDlocuuuu, where "loc" is the location/town/village community, and "uuuu" a unique four-character ID —
except for Aldringham (which has so many images) PDARuuuuu, with a unique FIVE-character ID,
and the very few images for each of Iken (PDIKuuuuu) + 5, Martlesham Heath Airfield (PDMHAIRFu) + 1, and Theberton (PDTHEBuuu) + 3.
Apart from Aldeburgh (ALB) and those communities just mentioned, almost all other abbreviations are just each placename's first three characters — such as BEN for Benhall. Although many of the Thorpeness images use the expected THO, exceptionally the nearly 300 publicity photos taken in the 1929/30 season are particularly identified with THN ("N" for "Nineteen-twenty-nine"), and retained in a separate computer-folder (just as in the original Collection).
The unique part of the ID is usually derived from the image-filename on the original issue CD, unless it is inaccurate or another suffix is more sensible. As far as practicable, that unique part is chosen so that sets of files in each location's folder remain close to their original order, to retain a respectful continuity with the Collection. The filename also includes a meaningful description, such as for the first-listed of the Aldeburgh images, "PDALB0053_lifeboats-Lucy-Lavers&Abdy-Beauclerk(both-tog-1940-59).jpg". Its original filename was ap15_003.jpg, and was listed just before another file, de01_003.jpg — renamed as PDALB0103_fishermen-on-beach-c1890.jpg.
However, for Friston, Knodishall, Orford, Sizewell, Slaughden and Snape, the unique four-character ID is often further divided two-and-two so as to gather related images together. So, for example, there are several views of communities' various windmills where the unique ID is "MLuu", such as an image of Knodishall mill, "PDKNOML33_ Knodishall-windmill.jpg" — formerly "nv29_033.jpg". For LEISTON, rather less than half the images' ID-suffixes are split three-and-one — for example "GARu" for Garretts' Leiston Works — but most remain unstructured, based more closely on the original Collection's filename, often on the numeric part of it. For any more detail, see a particular community's entry on the «Index: Alde Valley abbreviations» page.
If there are more than (say) five images for a particular place, they don't appear individually in our Index, but the "uuuu"="-PIX" suffix is used to collectively index them as a one-line entry — so, for example, PDKNO-PIX, whose accompanying title includes the comment "(approx 42 images)" for that community.
Apart from more descriptive naming of the images, the Collection remains very broadly as was. However, a few other changes were necessary, listed below. Mostly, they are images moved to another location's folder because they were miscatalogued.
|Original folder||Original filename(s)||Current folder||Reference-ID in filename [punctuation differs slightly]||notes|
|Aldeburgh||de01_007 & de28_033||Aldeburgh||PD ALB 0107||The Promenade in 1900||inferior de28_033 ignored|
|Aldeburgh||oc02$002||Thorpeness||PD THO 2002||Royal Artillery gunner w/ Morris 15cwt 4x2 GS||re uniform, truck, building|
|Aldringham||nv14_005||Aldr'ham + Leiston||PD LEI GAR 6||-ton undertype wagon on test in Aldringham, 1922 [image in both folders]|
|Aldringham||oc11_002||miscellaneous-pix||PDHAZWW2M||Hazlewood WW2 air-crash memorial, 24/3/41||Stirling bomber 7 Sqn RAF|
|Friston||de03_004||miscellaneous-pix||PD FAR 3004||The Street, Farnham, Saxmundham — 1908||internet-copy title=location|
|Leiston||cadets 1, 2, 3 and 4||Aldeburgh||PD ALB CAD n||[n 1-4] Queen with Air Cadets, 2/6/1967||at Aldeburgh Moot Hall|
|Mheath||[5 MH Airfield images]||Martlesham-Heath||5 images + 2 explanations, incl. Martlesham Aviation Society||only community outside AV|
|mis[cellaneous]||[Iken, Tunstall images]||miscellaneous-pix||Dunwich, Farnham, Hazlewood, Iken and Tunstall images||individual entries in Index|
|mis[cellaneous]||oc02$003||Leiston||PD LEI AIR M||US airman at Leiston airfield||confirmed by PD|
|mis[cellaneous]||Suffolk1910 [map]||miscellaneous-pix||MAP 1910 SK||[PD] Suffolk, 1910||AVSFHG ref-ID convention|
|mis[cellaneous]||Zeppelin crash||Theberton||PD THEB ZEP||Zeppelin L48 crash, 17/6/1917||&☞ PDLEICUTT ... coffins|
|Orford||de10_002||Slaughden||PD SLAUG 02||aerial view of spit looking N to Slaughden, etc||Ness: Slaughden is closest|
|original||my31_007||Sizewell||PD SIZ HL AV||avenue to Sizewell House, orig/my31_007||inferior SIZ 74.jpg ignored|
|Sax[mundham]||ja21#001||Aldeburgh||PD ALB ST ML||Station Mill w/ station behind c1910||text & station-roof confirms|
|Sax[mundham]||Aldeburgh||PD ALB STA M||Station Mill w/ station behind||ditto + image was mistitled|
|Sizewell||105||Thorpeness||PD THO 0105||boats IH29 & IH190 — now near Headlands||confirmed -vs- current view|
|Thorpeness||...wreck of Carmenta||Sizewell||PD SIZ WR Cn||[n1-5] Wreck of 'Carmenta', 23/2/1916 | wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?202818|
Also, superior AVSFHG copies have been swapped in as
PD ALB 2824, PD ALB BUS, PD ALB MILL, PD ALB TILL, PD AR SATEL, PD LEI CUTT, PD LEI GAR W, PD SIZ HL 41, PD SLA FERR and PD SNA MK ML.