Mendlesham

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Important Covid information

Due to the latest lockdown regulations, pubs can no longer sell alcohol for takeaway or click & collect. Delivery is still permitted, as is the sale of takeaway food. We will update all entries on this site over the next few days to take account of the new situation.

Pubs providing takeaways continue to be listed on this page.

Introduction

A village recorded in Domesday as "Menlessam" and shown on John Speed's 1610 map as "Mendleſham", with many fine buildings and an outstanding church. Above the north porch is the remarkable town armoury, which has housed the armour of the town soldiers since the 1590s. Several local parishioners were executed in the 16th century for their religious beliefs. Other church features include a 15th century effigy of a man in full plate armour, medieval benches and the 18th century "Mendlesham" chairs. A grant of market charter in 1281 is remembered in the name of Old Market street. A large stone can still be seen here, sometimes called the Preaching stone (see the gallery). The ITV TV mast was built in 1959 with 405 line TV broadcasting beginning on 27th October 1959. Ironically though, despite being universally known as the Mendlesham mast, it's actually in Wetheringsett.

Mill Road marks the location of Kent's Mill, a post mill which was demolished in 1913.

Mendlesham Station was on the Mid-Suffolk Line (Middy) which ran from Haughley to Laxfield. The station opened in September 1908 and closed in July 1952.

Also see Mendlesham Green.…

Gallery

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History

The 1844 White's Directory also lists beer houses run by:

Benjamin Arnold

Mary Clark

Robert Cowlis

The 1851 Census also lists Henry Clarke (Blacksmith, not shown as publican, Horse Shoes, Front Street, Head/Unmarried/25/born Mendlesham) [This might not be a pub.]

The 1855 White's Directory also lists a beer houses run by William Butley [probably the Green Man, Mendlesham Green (William Batley)]

The 1865 Kelly's Directory also lists 2 beer retailers called John Clarke (& cooper) and Samuel Upson.

The 1869 Kelly's Directory also lists 2 beer retailers called John Clarke (& cooper) and Samuel Upson.

Acknowledgements

Some historical information from English Heritage's National Monuments Record.

Some details from "Suffolk Airfields in WW2" by Graham Smith.

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