1 Real Ale pub
1 ancient pub
Population (2011) of Sutton: 1804.
Local licensing authority for Sutton is Suffolk Coastal.
Recorded in Domesday as "Suttuna" and famous for the Sutton Hoo ship burial which was excavated by Basil Brown and Charles Philips in 1939. This early Saxon ship burial (with space for 38 oars) contained no organic remains but still plenty of evidence was subsequently gathered to prove the the importance of the site. The most striking artifacts recovered were the remains of burial treasure from one of the earliest English Kings, R'dwald, King of East Anglia. Further excavations (1992) proved the site to be a complex collection of burials, some royal, others possibly the victims of judicial execution. The mainly modern village is two miles south of the burial site.
A striking feature of Sutton Heath is the wide expanses of well-manicured lawns. These are not part of the garden from a hidden stately home, rather turf farms, providing instant lawns to gardeners without the patience to seed their own.
Nearby RAF Woodbridge was completed in Nov 1943 and it opened as a "prang dome" i.e. an Emergency Landing Ground for aircraft in distress. Often referred to as RAF Sutton Heath, it was soon very busy. By Dec 1943 it was also equipped with a Fog Investigation Dispersal Operation (FIFO) system for bad weather landing assistance. In Jun 1952 the USAF arrived.
Closed since 1993 the airbase site is perhaps today most famous for the "Rendlesham Forest Incident" which is said to have taken place in December 1980 and was allegedly an alien close encounter, though the light from Orfordness lighthouse seems a more rational explanation.
Some details from "Suffolk Airfields in WW2" by Graham Smith.