Lakenheath is a village of around 8,200 residents
situated in the Forest Heath district of Suffolk, England.
The village is close to the county boundaries of both Norfolk and Cambridgeshire, and at the meeting point of the The Fens and the Breckland natural environments. 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 sixteenth century.
Lakenheath has a single Victorian primary school, constructed in 1878, which was extended in 1969, 2004 and again in 2012. There is a small shopping street, with a grocery store, a newsagents, a garden centre (possibly to become another Tesco's location), an opticians shop, a Chinese restaurant, fish and chip shops, Kebab house and Philipino restaurant. The village has a nice modern little library with internet and good disabled access. Along this stretch of road a small skate park, a playing field and a children's play park can also be found.
In recent years Lakenheath had three pubs - The Brewers Tap, The Cromwell Inn and The Plough with only the Brewers Tap surviving the modern age. The Royal British Legion was a members only club but this, due to management issues, is now in a state of suspense. Two different Lions International clubs are based in the village, one of which is a Bikers & Friends club that organise a bike run across East Anglia every year for charity.
Lakenheath is remarkable for its medieval church, built in the local flint construction style. The church contains medieval paintings and medieval carving on the pews. The faces of the church's stone angels bear the scars of the English Civil War, as none of the angels retain their original facial detail, due to religiously motivated vandalism by puritan soldiers. Simon Knott has kindly allowed the use of his article on our St Marys, read that here.
As well as the Anglican parish church, Lakenheath has churches representing the Methodist, Strict Baptist and Pentecostal (AOG) denominations. All three of the non-Anglican church buildings are also primarily constructed of local flint, albeit with later modifications in brick.