Monument record SUT 250 - Woodbridge Second World War training area

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Summary

The area of Sutton Common to the east of Woodbridge was requisitioned for military training during the Second World War, and was used for both infantry and tank training. Several specific areas of training within this larger site have been recorded separately.

Location

Grid reference Centred TM 3280 4766 (9081m by 6016m)
Map sheet TM34NW
Civil Parish BOYTON, SUFFOLK COASTAL, SUFFOLK
Civil Parish CAPEL ST ANDREW, SUFFOLK COASTAL, SUFFOLK
Civil Parish EYKE, SUFFOLK COASTAL, SUFFOLK
Civil Parish HOLLESLEY, SUFFOLK COASTAL, SUFFOLK
Civil Parish SHOTTISHAM, SUFFOLK COASTAL, SUFFOLK
Civil Parish SUTTON, SUFFOLK COASTAL, SUFFOLK

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Type and Period (1)

Full Description

August 2015. Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty National Mapping Programme.
The area of Sutton Common to the east of Woodbridge was requisitioned for military training during the Second World War, and was used for both infantry and tank training as well as larger exercises which may have involved live artillery firing and ground attacks by aircraft (S1). The area was part of the coastal defence zone which meant that it was largely under military control. Woodbridge airfield (SHER SUT 197) was at its centre, and there were several areas of specific training within this larger zone which have been recorded separately, including two possible ‘dummy’ runways which appear to have been dug for training purposes (SHER SUT 213 and HLY 098). The polygon which has been mapped does not always concord with the mapped outline in (S1), in fact it has been extended to the south to include an area of trackways and possible training excavations visible on photos (S2)-(S4) at TM 322 453.
E. Ford (Norfolk Historic Environment Service), 5th August 2015.

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <S1> Bibliographic reference: Liddiard, R. and Sims, D.. 2015. A Guide to Second World War Archaeology in Suffolk. Guide 3: Orford to Felixstowe. 3 vols. p.37, Fig. 44.
  • <S2> Vertical Aerial Photograph: Vertical aerial photograph. US/7PH/GP/LOC132 V 5005-5006 30-DEC-1943 (EHA Laser Copy).
  • <S3> Vertical Aerial Photograph: Vertical aerial photograph. RAF/106G/UK/929 RP 3408-3409 16-OCT-1945 (EHA Original Print).
  • <S4> Vertical Aerial Photograph: Vertical aerial photograph. RAF/58/79 V 5010-5011 27-JUL-1948 (EHA Original Print).

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Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Jun 28 2021 8:47PM

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