Tuddenham St Mary

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1 Real Ale pub

3 closed premises

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Tuddenham St Mary is part of Tuddenham parish.

Population (2011) of Tuddenham parish: 423.

Local licensing authority for Tuddenham St Mary is West Suffolk.

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About Tuddenham St Mary

Generally known as just "Tuddenham" this Breckland parish retains some areas of original heathland. The river was navigable in the 19th cent. When it was used to transport flint and grain by barge. A watermill on its bank has been converted into a restaurant. The Icknield Way passes though the village. A headless ghost is said to haunt Temple bridge.

RAF Tuddenham was completed by Oct. 1943 when Shorts Stirling planes of 90th Bomber Squadron arrived. They completed 1930 sorties losing 58 aircraft in action before the Squadron was converted to Lancasters in June 1944. During the last few months of the war they were joined by 138th Squadron who were engaged in special operations. By April 1945 the 90th Squadron had completed 412 raids for the loss of 86 aircraft.

A K and Q Type bombing decoy site was operated in the south of the parish close to the Cavenham border (TL 745 687) in 1940-41 to deflect enemy bombing from RAF Mildenhall. See Pastscape for more information.


Some details from “Suffolk Airfields in WW2” by Graham Smith.