Monument record SUT 250 - Woodbridge Second World War training area
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|Grid reference||Centred TM 3280 4766 (9081m by 6016m)|
|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|
Type and Period (1)
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.
- <S1> SSF55910 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> SSF55745 Vertical Aerial Photograph: Vertical aerial photograph. US/7PH/GP/LOC132 V 5005-5006 30-DEC-1943 (EHA Laser Copy).
- <S3> SSF55745 Vertical Aerial Photograph: Vertical aerial photograph. RAF/106G/UK/929 RP 3408-3409 16-OCT-1945 (EHA Original Print).
- <S4> SSF55745 Vertical Aerial Photograph: Vertical aerial photograph. RAF/58/79 V 5010-5011 27-JUL-1948 (EHA Original Print).
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Record last edited
Dec 9 2015 2:47PM