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Mendlesham - Church of St Mary.jpg
Church of St Mary
Mendlesham is located in Suffolk
 Mendlesham shown within Suffolk
Population 1,328 
OS grid reference TM104658
   – London 73.135 mi (117.699 km)  
District Mid Suffolk
Shire county Suffolk
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Stowmarket
Postcode district IP14
Dialling code 01449
Police Suffolk
Fire Suffolk
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament Central Suffolk and North Ipswich
Website One Suffolk
List of places

Coordinates: 52°15′00″N 1°05′00″E / 52.2501°N 1.0834°E / 52.2501; 1.0834

Mendlesham, Suffolk is a small village with 1328 inhabitants,[1] 5 miles (8 km) north east of Stowmarket and 73.135 miles (117.699 km)[2] from London

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[3] primary school. There is one public house in the village called 'The Kings Head'. The village has a few shops including Mendlesham Bakery, Mendlesham Fish 'N' Chip Shop and a post office at the back of The Kings Head.

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 also three churches, including the grand medieval St. Mary's, built at a time when the village had a much larger population. 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 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.[4]

See also[edit]

Foxe's Book of Martyrs


  1. ^ "2001 Census - Babergh District Council". Retrieved 2010-03-26. 
  2. ^ "How Far is it Between Mendlesham, Suffolk and London, England". Retrieved May 28, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Ofsted Report" (PDF). Ofsted. Retrieved 2010-03-26. 
  4. ^ "Mendlesham Green Baptist Church, Mendlesham Green". Retrieved 2008-05-19. 

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