Lakenheath is a village in 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 and Cambridgeshire, and at the meeting point of
The Fens and
Breckland natural environments.
Lakenheath is host to the largest USAF base in the United Kingdom, RAF
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), 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 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 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
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 parish church,
Lakenheath has churches
representing the Methodist,
Strict Baptist and
denominations. All three of the non-
Anglican church buildings are also
primarily constructed of local flint, albeit with later modifications
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.
2 RAF Lakenheath
3 Prehistory and archaeology
6 External links
Lakenheath railway station
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.
Main article: RAF Lakenheath
F-15C Eagle of the
United States Air Force
United States Air Force taxis for takeoff. The LN
on the tail means this aircraft is based at RAF 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, on the economy of
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, the
River Bytham flowed through the area that is
now Lakenheath, depositing much of the modern geology found in the
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
Lakenheath has an oceanic climate similar to the rest of the region of
East of England. It is therefore warmer and drier than the average
climate of the
British Isles due to its relative distance to the
low-pressure dominated coastal weather systems of the Atlantic.
Climate data for Lakenheath, 1981-2010
Record high °C (°F)
Average high °C (°F)
Daily mean °C (°F)
Average low °C (°F)
Record low °C (°F)
Average precipitation mm (inches)
Source: Météo Climat 
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National Statistics. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
^ BBC News 17 May 2007
^ Our School Archived 29 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
Lakenheath club closes its doors
^ BBC News 6 January 2009
^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 24 September 2008.
Retrieved 18 October 2009.
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Illustrated History. Manchester UP. p. 72.
ISBN 9780719058110. Retrieved 26 June 2012.
^ "Météo climat stats for
Lakenheath 1981-2010". Météo Climat.
March 2017. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
^ "Météo climat stats
Lakenheath records". Météo Climat. Retrieved
31 March 2017.
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