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.

Until the 19th century, around 25% of the parish fell in Norfolk and 75% in Suffolk.[3]

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,[4] 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.
  3. ^ William White (1844). History, gazetteer, and directory of Suffolk. p. 449.
  4. ^ "The Poppy Field (held by the McManus Gallery, Dundee)". Retrieved 2 July 2019.

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