Overlooking the Minsmere river, with a green area outside the pub, the village should properly be known as Middleton cum Fordley. At one time both settlements had churches which shared the same yard, but the parishes were eventually united "because bells and people at one church disturbed those of the other". The only remaining trace of Fordley is the 16th century Hall.
Middleton was recorded in Domesday as "Mideltuna" and appears on John Speed's 1610 map as "Midleton".
Middleton Moor, with the 15th - 16th century Moor Farm is a large green to the west of the village.
Mill Street marks the location of a post mill which was demolished in 1913.
The 1844 White's Suffolk Trade Directory lists a beer house run by Jacob Barnes.
The 1851 Census also lists John Sparks (Victualler & Wheelwright, pub not named, Head/Married/29y/born Sibton) with Jane Sparks (Pub not named, Wife/Married/31y/born Peasenhall)
Some historical information from English Heritage's National Monuments Record.