Mendham, Suffolk

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Mendham - Church of All Saints.jpg
Church of All Saints
Mendham is located in Suffolk
Location within Suffolk
Population440 (2005)[1]
451 (2011)[2]
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townHarleston
Postcode districtIP20
AmbulanceEast of England
List of places
52°23′52″N 1°20′15″E / 52.397669°N 1.337629°E / 52.397669; 1.337629Coordinates: 52°23′52″N 1°20′15″E / 52.397669°N 1.337629°E / 52.397669; 1.337629

Mendham is a village and civil parish in the Mid Suffolk district of Suffolk in eastern England. Located on the east bank of the River Waveney around a mile east of Harleston, in 2005 its population was 440.[1] The parish includes the hamlets of Withersdale Street. The Mendham Marshes are also within the parish boundaries.

All Saints Church is a medieval church, Grade I listed, that was restored in the 1860s. It is now one of six churches in the Sancroft Benefice. The village of Mendham came under Mendham Priory until the dissolution of the monasteries. Mendham Priory then became a private house. The present house is an early 19th century neo-classical mansion, with a Doric style porch, built for Alexander Adair. The Priory was later the home of the Dimmock family.[3]

Until the 19th century, around 25% of the parish fell in Norfolk and 75% in Suffolk.[4]

Mendham's most famous son, born to a local miller, went on to become Sir Alfred James Munnings KCVO, PRA (8 October 1878 – 17 July 1959), known as one of England's finest painters of horses, and as an outspoken enemy of Modernism. An extract of one of his paintings, featuring gypsy Charlotte Gray leading a pony,[5] has been incorporated into the Mendham village sign. Her husband Frederick or 'Nobby' Gray was one of Alfred's closest friends and a model in some of his paintings. Both Nobby and Charlotte are buried in All Saints churchyard in Mendham.


  1. ^ a b Estimates of Total Population of Areas in Suffolk Archived 2008-12-19 at the Wayback Machine Suffolk County Council
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 25 August 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Mendham Priory". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 18 July 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ William White (1844). History, gazetteer, and directory of Suffolk. p. 449.
  5. ^ "The Poppy Field (held by the McManus Gallery, Dundee)". Retrieved 2 July 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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