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Church of St Mary the Virgin Goward house

Lakenheath, Suffolk
Suffolk

Lakenheath, Suffolk
Suffolk
shown within Suffolk
Suffolk

POPULATION 4,691 (2011 Census)

OS GRID REFERENCE TL715825

• LONDON 80.72 from High Street to Parliament Square

DISTRICT

* Forest Heath
Forest Heath

SHIRE COUNTY

* Suffolk
Suffolk

REGION

* East

COUNTRY England
England

SOVEREIGN STATE United Kingdom
United Kingdom

POST TOWN Brandon

POSTCODE DISTRICT IP27

DIALLING CODE 01842

POLICE Suffolk
Suffolk

FIRE Suffolk
Suffolk

AMBULANCE East of England
East of England

EU PARLIAMENT East of England
East of England

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England
Suffolk
Suffolk
52°24′49″N 0°31′21″E / 52.4136°N 0.5226°E / 52.4136; 0.5226 Coordinates : 52°24′49″N 0°31′21″E / 52.4136°N 0.5226°E / 52.4136; 0.5226

LAKENHEATH is a village in Suffolk
Suffolk
, England.It has a population of 4,691 according to the 2011 Census, and is situated in the Forest Heath district of Suffolk, close to the county boundaries of both Norfolk
Norfolk
and Cambridgeshire
Cambridgeshire
, and at the meeting point of The Fens
The Fens
and the Breckland natural environments.

Lakenheath
Lakenheath
is host to the largest USAF base in the United Kingdom, RAF Lakenheath .

Lakenheath
Lakenheath
Fen Nature Reserve , created in 1996, restored wetlands from agricultural fields that were growing carrots. In May 2007, it was reported that cranes were nesting in the site for the first time since the fen lands were drained in the 16th century.

The village has a single Victorian primary school, constructed in 1878, which was extended in 1969, again in 2004 and most recently in 2010/2011. There is a small shopping street, with one grocery store ( Cooperative
Cooperative
), one newsagents, an optician's shop, a clothes boutique,a Chinese takeaway, a Chinese restaurant, two fish and chip shops, an Indian restaurant plus Jamaican and Filipino restaurants. Also two Tattoo places, two nail bars, one sun tan bar, three hair dressers, and a Sandwich shop. There is also one horse-riding school and three nurseries (day). The village has a library with wireless internet, scanning, printing and photocopying facilities. Along this road there is a small hotel, skate park, a Playing Field and a children's play park.

Lakenheath
Lakenheath
has two pubs though historically it had at least sixteen more. The Plough Inn (also known as the Wok n Rock) is a spacious flint faced 19th-century bar, Far Eastern restaurant and takeaway. It reopened at the end of 2013 after being closed for two years. The other pub is the Brewer's Tap. The Royal British Legion was a members only club, but closed in April 2012.

Lakenheath
Lakenheath
is remarkable for its medieval church, built about 900 years ago in wood, eventually being rebuilt in the local flint construction style. The church on the exterior has an embattled parapet that has an array of very worn gargoyles and other carved faces at the string course at the base. The interior includes medieval paintings and carvings on the pews. The faces of the church's wooden angels bear the scars of the English Civil War , as none of the angels retained their original facial detail, due to religiously motivated vandalism by puritan soldiers. In early 2009, the church received a large grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and local organisations to restore its rare medieval wall paintings. The wall paintings, depicting local saint St Edmund , angels, and birds amongst other subjects, are believed to date from the 13th century.

As well as the Anglican
Anglican
parish church, Lakenheath
Lakenheath
has churches representing the Methodist
Methodist
, Strict Baptist and Pentecostal
Pentecostal
(AOG ) denominations. All three of the non- Anglican
Anglican
church buildings are also primarily constructed of local flint , albeit with later modifications in brick.

The recently built pavilion now houses the local cricket club and is available for hire. A spacious hall with a kitchen and bar, suitable for functions and weddings. Just outside of the many doors lies two large playing fields which can be used when the hall is hired.

CONTENTS

* 1 Transportation * 2 RAF Lakenheath * 3 Prehistory and archaeology * 4 Climate * 5 References * 6 External links

TRANSPORTATION

Lakenheath railway station is three miles away from the village.

There are regular bus services to the neighbouring towns of Brandon, Mildenhall and Thetford plus buses to Bury St. Edmunds operated on school/college days which are available to the general public.

RAF LAKENHEATH

Main article: RAF Lakenheath F-15C Eagle of the United States Air Force taxis for takeoff. The LN on the tail means this aircraft is based at RAF Lakenheath.

Lakenheath
Lakenheath
is host to the largest deployment of United States Air Force personnel in the United Kingdom: RAF Lakenheath . The social impact of the United States Air Force
United States Air Force
fighter airbase and its nearby sister, RAF Mildenhall
RAF Mildenhall
, on the economy of Lakenheath
Lakenheath
and on the nearby towns and villages is important. The United States has maintained a presence in the community since bombers were stationed there during WWII conducting raids on Europe. The base has a population of around 6000 service personnel.

PREHISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY

During the Ice Age
Ice Age
, the River Bytham flowed through the area that is now Lakenheath, depositing much of the modern geology found in the area.

Excavation of three early Anglo Saxon cemeteries at RAF Lakenheath between 1997 and 2002 uncovered a total of 394 inhumation and 17 cremation burials, including one 6th-century grave with a horse burial : a man was buried next to a fully armoured horse.

CLIMATE

Lakenheath