Sutton Who??? Sutton Hoo, that's who. This is the place where several burial mounds where discovered some years ago. One of them contained the ship burial of an Anglo Saxon king buried 1300 years ago. His helmet, gold jewelery and fancy grave goods accompanied him into the afterlife. Sutton Hoo was another item on Jenny's "must see" list. Unfortunately after a 90 minute drive from Cambridge we arrived to find that this National Trust facility is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. We had to content ourselves with a gentle walk around the burial mounds.
We did however discover another little gem in this area. The Woodbridge Tide Mill is situated on the River Deben and there has been a Tide Mill on this site since 1170. These mills use trapped tidal water to turn the wheel. The incoming tide flows into a mill pond through a one way gate. When the tide recedes the water is released to flow under the waterwheel and turn the machinery. This mill worked two four hour stints, twice a day, the time depending on the tides. Woodbridge Tide Mill ceased commercial work in 1957 and was the last operating tide mill in the country.
In the evening we went out to a farewell dinner with our friends Janet and Alan who had travelled down from Cromer to meet up with us. We arrived at the pub to find all the patrons outside and the fire alarms ringing. Luckily there was no fire. Seems that the landlord was upstairs having a bath and the tub overflowed. The water was running down through a light fitting in to the bar and must have shorted the electricity. After the bar staff had finished mopping up all the overflowing bath water it was business as usual and our meals were served.