Rendlesham, Church of St Gregory
Rendlesham shown within Suffolk
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Rendlesham, near Woodbridge, Suffolk was a royal centre of authority for the king of the East Anglians, of the Wuffinga line; the proximity of the Sutton Hoo ship burial may indicate a connection between Sutton Hoo and the East Anglian royal house. Swithhelm, son of Seaxbald, who reigned from 660 to around 664, was baptised at Rendlesham by Saint Cedd with King Aethelwald of East Anglia acting as his godfather. He died around the time of the great plague of 664 and may have been buried at the palace of Rendlesham.
Its name is recorded in Old English about 730 AD as Rendlæsham, which may mean "Homestead belonging to [a man named] Rendel", or it may come from a theorized Old English word *rendel = "little shore".
More recently Rendlesham was the site of the Rendlesham Forest Incident, a series of reported sightings of unexplained pulsing lights off the coast of Orford Ness in December 1980.
Rendlesham Parish Council is currently fighting a planning application which would see the demolition of two key buildings in the village centre. In March 2013, it submitted alternative proposals to the Planning Department at Suffolk Coastal District Council which demonstrated the viability of both the Angel Theatre and Rendlesham Sports Centre — and explained how it would retain, manage and develop these assets for the benefit of the growing rural community. Both buildings are pivotal to the success of its emerging Neighbourhood Plan (for which it received frontrunner status, and has the backing of its residents). The planning application has still to be determined.
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