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Theberton - Church of St Peter.jpg
Theberton, Church of St Peter
Theberton is located in Suffolk
Theberton shown within Suffolk
Population 279 (2011)[1]
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Leiston
Postcode district IP16 4
EU Parliament East of England
List of places
52°14′14″N 1°34′06″E / 52.237235°N 1.568352°E / 52.237235; 1.568352Coordinates: 52°14′14″N 1°34′06″E / 52.237235°N 1.568352°E / 52.237235; 1.568352

Theberton is a village in Suffolk, England. It is located 4 miles (6 km) northeast of Saxmundham, and 3 miles north of Leiston, its post town.

The village primary school was closed around 1970 and is now used as the village hall, which was renamed Jubilee Hall in 2000 and extensively refurbished in 2012.

Charles Montagu Doughty (1843 – 1926) the traveller and writer, best known for his 1888 travel book Travels in Arabia Deserta, was born at Theberton Hall and is commemorated in the church by a plaque. Theberton Hall was also the birthplace of his nephew, Lt-Col. Charles Doughty-Wylie, who was born in 1868 and killed in battle in Gallipoli in 1915. His bravery earned him the Victoria Cross.

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[2] while it was on a bombing raid.[3][4] Sixteen members of the crew died in the crash; three survived but one later died from his injuries.[3] 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.[5]


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. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 17 September 2015. 
  2. ^ Above the Trenches: A Complete Record of the Fighter Aces and Units of the British Empire Air Forces 1915-1920. p. 330. 
  3. ^ a b, Aviation Archaeology, Zeppelin L48 excavation carried out for BBC television
  4. ^, The excavation of L48 the “Theberton Zeppelin”, post-excavation report
  5. ^, Zeppelin, German zeppelin pictures, L48, LZ95, zeppelin crash ...


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]

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