Theberton

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Coordinates: 52°14′14″N 1°34′06″E / 52.237235°N 1.568352°E / 52.237235; 1.568352

Theberton
Theberton - Church of St Peter.jpg
Theberton, Church of St Peter
Theberton is located in Suffolk
Theberton
Theberton
 Theberton shown within Suffolk
Shire county Suffolk
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town SAXMUNDHAM
EU Parliament East of England
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Theberton is a village in Suffolk, England. It is located 4 miles (6 km) northeast of Saxmundham, its post town. Located within the village is a National school for both sexes and Theberton Hall. The village primary school was closed around 1970 and is now used as the village hall.

It was here at 02:00 on the morning of 17 June 1917 that the German Zeppelin airship L48 was shot down by Robert Saundby and others[1] while it was on a bombing raid.[2][3] Sixteen members of the crew died in the crash; three survived but one later died from his injuries.[2] Their bodies have since been moved to a central burial ground in Staffordshire, although a memorial can still be seen in the cemetery across the road from the church. Part of the framework of the Zeppelin itself is mounted in the porch of the church.[4]

Twinning[edit]

Theberton is twinned with Thebarton, Australia.

Robert Howlett[edit]

Isambard Kingdom Brunel photographed by Robert Howlett (1857)

The Victorian photographer Robert Howlett was born in Theberton in 1831, the second of four sons of Reverend Robert Howlett and Harriet Harsant. He is renowned for his iconic photograph of Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

Sources of information[edit]

  1. ^ Above the Trenches: A Complete Record of the Fighter Aces and Units of the British Empire Air Forces 1915-1920. p. 330. 
  2. ^ a b redkitebooks.co.uk, Aviation Archaeology, Zeppelin L48 excavation carried out for BBC television
  3. ^ redkitebooks.co.uk, The excavation of L48 the “Theberton Zeppelin”, post-excavation report
  4. ^ http://www.theberton.info/timewatch.htm, Zeppelin, German zeppelin pictures, L48, LZ95, zeppelin crash ...

References[edit]

Above the Trenches: a Complete Record of the Fighter Aces and Units of the British Empire Air Forces 1915-1920. Christopher F. Shores, Norman L. R. Franks, Russell Guest. Grub Street, 1990. ISBN 0-948817-19-4, ISBN 978-0-948817-19-9.

External links[edit]

Media related to Theberton at Wikimedia Commons