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Population (2011) of Rendlesham: 3013.

Local licensing authority for Rendlesham is East Suffolk.

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About Rendlesham

Rendlesham was recorded in Domesday variously as "Rendlesham", "Renslesham", "Remlesham", "Renlesham" and "Remlesham.

There is a social club which is licensed.

The story behind our Rendlesham Village Sign.

Raedwald was a 7th century Anglo-Saxon bretwalda (OE Britain ruler). He was a member of the Wuffinga dynasty whose family home was described by the historian, Bede, as a
'Kingly town that is named Rendlesham'.

The large, medieval church of St Gregory's may have been built on the site of the Anglo-Saxon royal church.

The American USAF called their base in Rendlesham, Bentwaters (1951-1993).

The 1944 Grace Spitfire is maintained at Bentwaters and regularly flies over Rendlesham.

The UFO incident in Rendlesham Forest took place in 1980.

Research by Carole Brason, fascinated by our history... June 2012.

plaque on the sign's plinth

An Anglo-Saxon cemetery was found before 1837 at Hoo Hill. It has been postulated that Rendlesham may have been the seat of the East Anglian Royal House, possibly associated with the burial site at Sutton Hoo, but its precise location (and veracity) is unknown.

Ivy Lodge (at junction of Woodbridge Road and Ivy Lodge Road, see gallery) appears to be a ruined castle, but is actually a gatehouse (built 1790) for Rendlesham Hall and designed to look like a Norman ruin. Rendlesham Hall was destroyed by fire in 1830 and rebuilt by William Burn - this building was eventually used as a sanitorium in 1920s and 1930s and demolished in 1949. One resident, Frederick William Brook Thellusson, 5th Baron Rendlesham (1840 - 1911) was a Conservative MP (for Suffolk East) a seat he held until the constituency was abolished at the 1885 general election.

Today most of the local population lives in a large modern estate built alongside the A1162. The Cold War Museum on the former Bentwaters Airfield documents the period in our history when we all thought we were about to die in a nuclear holocaust.


Some historical information from English Heritage's National Monuments Record.