Mendlesham  Suffolk


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Mendlesham like this:

MENDLESHAM, a village, a parish, and a sub-district, in Hartismere district, Suffolk. The village stands on clay soil, 3½ miles SE of Finningham r. station, and 5 NW by W of Debenham; consists of two streets, indifferently built; was once a market-town; and has a post office under Stoneham, a police station, and a fair on 2 O ct. ...

The parish contains also the hamlet of Mendlesham-Green, distant about 1½ mile from the village. Acres, 3,944. Real property, £7,513. Pop. in 1851, 1,442; in 1861,1,316. Houses, 293. The property is snbdivided. The manor belongs to Tyrell, Esq. A silver crown, weighing 60 ounces, and supposed to have belonged to a king of East Anglia, was exhumed about the end of the 17th century. A runic gold ring also was found. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Norwich. Value, 1584.* Patron, E. White, Esq. The church was given by William Rufus to Battle abbey; includes some Norman arches; consists of nave, aisles, and chancel, with lofty tower; and was restored in 1864-6. There are chapels for Independents and Baptists, a national school, an endowed grammar school with £40 a year, and charities £290.—The sub-district contains also ten other parishes. Acres, 20,092. Pop., 5,830. Houses, 1,271.

Mendlesham through time

Mendlesham is now part of Mid Suffolk district. Click here for graphs and data of how Mid Suffolk has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Mendlesham itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Mendlesham in Mid Suffolk | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 24th May 2022

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