The small village church (All Saints) contains what is said to be Suffolk's best surviving set of village stocks and whipping post. The village is sometimes spelled Saxted.

Saxtead Green is a large village green about half a mile south of the main village. The well preserved and working post-mill dates from 1860 and is situated rather idyllically on the green. It is now designated an ancient monument. It's on the site of two earlier mills, one built in 1796 and an even earlier one dating from to before 1309. A Roman road once crossed the green and a possible Roman occupation site has been located about half a mile north-east of the pub. Unfortunately there have been some modern developments around the green in recent years.

Saxtead was recorded in Domesday as "Saxteda".


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To the debtors and creditors of John Turtill, late of Saxted, Suffolk, Innholder, deceased, such persons as have hitherto neglected to settle their accounts, due to the estate and effects of John Turtill, deceased, are desired to do so within one month.Ipswich Journal, March 1805**

The 1844 White's Directory also lists a beer house run by Priscilla Thrower.

In the 1861 census Frederick King/28y/Innkeeper/Tuddenham and has house servant & stable boy.