Tranmer House, Sutton Hoo, Suffolk

Tranmer House is part of the Sutton Hoo estate, now run by the National Trust. It was the home of Edith Pretty, who commissioned Basil Brown to excavate some burial mounds on the grounds and thus the Sutton Hoo treasure was found.

After Edith Pretty’s death in 1942, Tranmer House was requisitioned by the War Office. It was used to lodge women in the Women’s Land Army. If you tour the house you will hear that before they left in 1947, the last land girls left their names on the side of the fireplace in the main lounge. This may be so, but they did so over a dozen other engravings, mostly of love hearts with the names of couples. There is also a faint Mr Chad, although what shortage he was complaining of is now lost. There is a specific date of 20/09/1947, which may well be the last day the land girls were in the building.

Tranmer House, Sutton Hoo, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 3DJ

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