Early History

“ALDE BURH”

Barber's Point: a promontary on the North bank of the River Alde

Excavations have uncovered both Romano-British pottery and evidence of a later Saxon settlement at Barber’s Point a promontory on the North Bank of the River Alde.

Alde burh is a Saxon name meaning Old defended enclosure. This suggests that when the Saxons came they found the remains of an old – Roman – settlement and took over the site for themselves. There are no written records, but archaeology supports this theory and it is now thought that during the second and third centuries there may have been a Roman port at the river mouth and another small Roman settlement at Barber’s Point.

The existence of a Saxon trading post from the beginning of the eighth century seems highly probable; Slaughting (Slaughden) is a Saxon name.