Mildenhall, Suffolk
Signpost in Mildenhall

Coordinates: 52°20′41″N 0°30′32″E / 52.34461°N 0.50890°E / 52.34461; 0.50890

Mildenhall
Mildenhall - Church of St Mary.jpg
Mildenhall, Church of St Mary
Mildenhall is located in Suffolk
Mildenhall

 Mildenhall shown within Suffolk
Population 9,906 [1] (2001 Census)
OS grid reference TL710748
    - London  75 mi (121 km) 
Parish Mildenhall
District Forest Heath
Shire county Suffolk
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BURY ST. EDMUNDS
Postcode district IP28
Dialling code 01638
Police Suffolk
Fire Suffolk
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament West Suffolk
Website www.mildenhall.suffolk.gov.uk
List of places: UK • England • Suffolk

Mildenhall is a small market town and civil parish in Suffolk, England. It is run by Forest Heath District Council and has a population of 9,906 people. The town is near the A11 and is located 60 km (37 mi) north-west of county town, Ipswich.[2] The large Royal Air Force base, RAF Mildenhall as well as RAF Lakenheath, is located immediately north of the town. The base is used by the United States Air Force, as the headquarters of its 100th Air Refueling Wing and 352nd Special Operations Group.

Contents

The town

Mildenhall centres on a market place with a 16th-century hexagonal market cross and town pump. The town's market is held here on every Friday and originated as a weekly chartered market in, it is believed, the 15th century. The Mildenhall Museum in the centre of the town contains displays of local history and wildlife, the history of the RAF base, and information on the Mildenhall Treasure. In 1934, Mildenhall was the start point of the MacRobertson Air Race to Melbourne, in Australia. Mildenhall currently (2011) has its own radio station, ZACK FM, broadcasting on 105.3 FM; the transmitter is located at the top of St Mary's church and radiates 100 W. The station format is Classic Hits and broadcasts 24 hours a day with a mix of music, news and information[3] Mildenhall is mentioned in passing in the Pink Floyd song 'Let There Be More Light' on the 1968 album A Saucerful Of Secrets as a speculated location for first contact between humanity and extraterrestrial life.

Transport

The town has a bus station, which was completed in 2005. Mildenhall railway station was the terminus of the Cambridge to Mildenhall railway until its closure in 1962.

Education

Mildenhall has five schools: two primary schools, St. Mary's and Great Heath, two middle schools, College Heath and Riverside, and one upper school, Mildenhall College of Technology. The upper school also contains a sixth form.

Archaeology

Mildenhall is perhaps most famous for the discovery in 1942 of the Mildenhall Treasure. Now at the British Museum, the treasure is a hoard of Roman silver objects buried in the 4th century. In 1946 the discovery was made public and the treasure acquired by the British Museum; Roald Dahl wrote an article about the find which was published firstly in the Saturday Evening Post, and later as "The Mildenhall Treasure" in his short story collection The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More.[4][5] The region between Devil's Dyke and the line between Littleport and Shippea Hill shows a remarkable amount of archaeological findings of the Stone Age, the Bronze Age and the Iron Age.[6]

References

  1. ^ "Neighbourhood Statistics - Parish Headcounts". http://www.neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk/dissemination/LeadTableView.do?a=3&b=799672&c=mildenhall&d=16&e=15&g=487572&i=1001x1003x1004&m=0&r=1&s=1210737380640&enc=1&dsFamilyId=779. Retrieved 2008-05-13. 
  2. ^ Ordnance Survey (2006). OS Explorer Map 226 - Ely & Newmarket. ISBN 0-319-21857-0.
  3. ^ Brookes, Geoff. "Robert Everett DSO". Stories in Welsh Stone. http://www.storiesinwelshstone.co.uk/roberteverett.html. Retrieved 29 Oct 2009. 
  4. ^ "The Mildenhall Treasure". Mildenhall Museum. Archived from the original on May 2, 2006. http://web.archive.org/web/20060502234649/http://www.mildenhallmuseum.co.uk/mildenhall_treasure.htm. Retrieved May 4, 2006. 
  5. ^ Dahl, Roald (1995). The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More (5th edition ed.). London: Penguin Group. pp. 215. ISBN 0-14-037348-9. 
  6. ^ Hall, David (1994). Fenland survey : an essay in landscape and persistence / David Hall and John Coles. London; English Heritage. ISBN 1-85074-477-7. , pp. 81-88.

External links


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Mildenhall (Suffolk) — Mildenhall ist eine Gemeinde (Civil Parish) in der englischen Grafschaft Suffolk mit ca. 11.500 Einwohnern. Die namensgebende Kleinstadt Mildenhall ist Verwaltungssitz des Distrikts Forest Heath und liegt nahe der Fernverkehrsstraße A11 London… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Mildenhall College Of Technology — Headteacher Susan Byles Specialism Technology College Location Bury Road Mildenhall, Bury St Edmunds Suffolk IP28 7HT England …   Wikipedia

  • Mildenhall Town F.C. — Mildenhall Town Full name Mildenhall Town Football Club Nickname(s) The Hall Founded August 1898 …   Wikipedia

  • Mildenhall — could be Mildenhall, Suffolk, a town in England. Mildenhall, Wiltshire, a village in England. RAF Mildenhall, an air force base near Mildenhall, Suffolk. The Mildenhall photographic collection, created by William James Mildenhall. The Mildenhall… …   Wikipedia

  • Mildenhall railway station — For Mildenhall Road railway station, see Shippea Hill railway station. Mildenhall Location Place Mildenhall, Suffolk Area Suffolk Operations …   Wikipedia

  • Mildenhall, Wiltshire — This article is about Mildenhall in Wiltshire. For Mildenhall in Suffolk, see Mildenhall, Suffolk. Coordinates: 51°25′26″N 1°41′56″W / 51.424°N 1.699°W …   Wikipedia

  • Mildenhall — Mit Mildenhall kann gemeint sein: Mildenhall (Suffolk), eine Stadt in Suffolk, England ein in der Nähe dieser Stadt gefundener spätrömischer Silberschatz, siehe Schatz von Mildenhall RAF Mildenhall, ein Luftwaffenstützpunkt nahe Mildenhall… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Mildenhall Fen Tigers — Club information Track address Mildenhall Stadium Hayland Drove West Row Mildenhall Country …   Wikipedia

  • Mildenhall Cricket Club — was established in 1876. The club currently has four teams competing on Saturdays in the Two Counties (Essex and Suffolk) Cricket league.The club also has two teams playing in the Hunts County Bats league on Sundays.They also have a team… …   Wikipedia

  • Suffolk County Cricket Club — is one of the county clubs which make up the Minor Counties in the English domestic cricket structure, representing the historic county of Suffolk. The Minor Counties play three day matches at a level below that of the first class game. At… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”