Coordinates: 52°15′N 1°05′E / 52.25°N 1.08°E / 52.25; 1.08
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Mendlesham is located in Suffolk
Location within Suffolk
Population1,407 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceTM104658
• London73.135 mi (117.699 km)
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townStowmarket
Postcode districtIP14
Dialling code01449
AmbulanceEast of England
UK Parliament
WebsiteOne Suffolk
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52°15′N 1°05′E / 52.25°N 1.08°E / 52.25; 1.08

Mendlesham is a village in Suffolk with 1,407 inhabitants at the 2011 census. It lies 5 miles (8 km) north east of Stowmarket and 73.135 miles (117.699 km)[2] from London.

The place-name 'Mendlesham' is first attested in the Domesday Book of 1086, where it appears as Melnesham and Mundlesham. The name means 'Myndel's village'.[3]

Mendlesham is known for its large street fair which is held on every May Day bank holiday. Mendlesham has a popular community newsletter, and a good[4] primary school. There is one public house in the village called 'The King's Head'. The village has a fish and chip shop and Mendlesham Bakery, a 'Premier Stores' convenience store with a Post Office counter..

Nearby at grid reference TM123640 is the Mendlesham transmitting station which broadcasts Kiss 105-108 (previously Vibe FM) on 106.4 MHz and the Digital One digital radio multiplex, and which was formerly used for VHF 405 line transmissions of Anglia Television. The mast stands at the corner of the former WWII airfield, RAF Mendlesham. This was used by the RAF and US Eighth Air Force between 1943 and 1955, and once held a memorial to the US 34th Bomb Group. The memorial has now been moved to the churchyard of St. Mary's in Mendlesham. Although some of the land has reverted to agriculture or is an industrial estate, one airstrip is now used by the Suffolk Coastal Floaters Hang Gliding Club.

There are two churches in the village, a small URC chapel and the grand medieval church of St Mary the Virgin, built at a time when the village had a much larger population, as well as a Baptist chapel in Mendlesham Green. Unlike many Anglican churches today, there is a mass (Communion) service held every day at St Mary's.

In 1531[citation needed], the Mendlesham Christian Brethren were a group of Protestant dissenters, and two decades later, Adam Foster became a Marian martyr, after he refused to attend a Roman Catholic mass. He was condemned to be burnt at the stake[citation needed] by John Hopton, the Bishop of Norwich.

Mendlesham had the second station on the Mid-Suffolk Light Railway, which ran from 1904 to 1952.

Mendlesham Manor is an Elizabethan Manor House.

Close to Mendlesham is the hamlet of Mendlesham Green, which contains Mendlesham Green Baptist Church.[5]

The village was struck by an F0/T1 tornado on 23 November 1981, as part of the record-breaking nationwide tornado outbreak on that day.[6]

See also[edit]

Foxe's Book of Martyrs


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  2. ^ "How Far is it Between Mendlesham, Suffolk and London, England". Retrieved 28 May 2011.
  3. ^ Eilert Ekwall, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-Names, 4th Edition (Oxford University Press 1960), p.321.
  4. ^ "Ofsted Report" (PDF). Ofsted. Retrieved 26 March 2010.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Mendlesham Green Baptist Church, Mendlesham Green". Retrieved 19 May 2008.
  6. ^ "European Severe Weather Database".

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