The small market town of Mildenhall is also a civil parish in Suffolk, England. It is part of the non-metropolitan district of Forest Heath and has a population of 10,315 according to the 2011 Census. The large Royal Air Force station, RAF Mildenhall as well as RAF Lakenheath, are located north of the town. The former is still used by the United States Air Force, as the headquarters of its 100th Air Refueling Wing and 352nd Special Operations Group.
We’re pretty sure that humans settled into the area around Mildenhall since at least the Bronze Age. As with a great deal of the country, after the Roman Empire invasion of Britain, Mildenhall became the site of a Roman settlement, which at some point contained the Mildenhall Treasure.
Mildenhall as a town name was first recorded in 1050 as Mildenhale. It’s generally believed to mean a nook of land belonging to a woman called “Milde” or a man called “Milda”. Which I guess was the norm back in the day. In 1086, the Domesday Book recorded that the town was the property of the Abbot of St Edmunds and had a population of some sixty-four families.
There are some lovely sites in and around Mildenhall and if you’re wanting to wander a bit farther afield, why not drive to King’s Lynn, Norwich or Peterborough and visit one of the Medusa Juice Vape Shops while out and about?
Monastery and Military
After the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the year 1536, the ownership of the town was transferred to Edward North. He was the 1st Baron North, whose son, Roger North, became resident in Mildenhall for a time. The title and occupancy of the Mildenhall estate remained with the North family for many decades. It was Henry North, who upon retirement, built the Manor house at Mildenhall.
Sir Henry North was elected MP for Suffolk in 1673. Henry died a bachelor, so ownership of the estate passed to Sir Thomas Hanmer. Hanmer was elected Speaker of the House of Commons in 1714 and spent little time in his estate. He, like North before him, died without an heir. Thus ownership then passed to Thomas Bunbury, who also became MP for Suffolk. Is it just me or does it sound like you buy this house and it comes with a seat in parliament?
The Bunbury family owned the Mildenhall manor until the estate was eventually broken up in 1933. RAF Mildenhall was officially opened in 1934 and served as a base for RAF Bomber Command during the Second World War. Later, in 1950, the United States Air Force took over its operation.
So, if nothing else, you can visit with some Americans while enjoying the latest and greatest e-liquids from Medusa Juice.
Claim To Fame
The town of Mildenhall itself centres on a marketplace with a hexagonal market from the 1600s, cross and town pump. There is a market held there each Friday. The market itself originated as a weekly chartered market in, to the best of our knowledge, the 15th century. In 1934 Mildenhall was the start point of the MacRobertson Air Race to Melbourne, Australia.
Another Mildenhall claim to fame is that it has its own radio station, ZACK FM (Forest Heath Public Radio), broadcasting on 105.3 FM. The station format is classic and current hits plus specialist shows. ZACK FM broadcasts twenty-four hours a day with a mix of music, news and information
Let’s not forget that Mildenhall is mentioned in passing in the Pink Floyd song ‘Let There Be More Light’ on the 1968 album, “A Saucerful of Secrets”. On the album, Mildenhall is a speculated location for first contact between humanity and extraterrestrial life:
“Then at last, the mighty ship
Descending on a point of flame
Made contact with the human race at Mildenhall”
Largely due to the airfield being located there, Mildenhall currently has the highest concentration of American residents in the country. It’s believed as many as 18% of residents were born in the United States.
Mildenhall is perhaps most famous for the discovery in 1942 of the Mildenhall Treasure. It now sits at the British Museum. The treasure is a hoard of Roman silver objects buried in the 4th century.
1946 had the discovery finally 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.
The Mildenhall Museum in the centre of the town contains displays of local history and wildlife, the history of the Royal Air Force base, and information about the Mildenhall Treasure. Entrance is free, but check before going because the opening times vary through the year. This 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.
So if you’re curious about things of this nature, you won’t want to miss an opportunity to visit. Take your vape gear and enjoy some of the great flavours available from Medusa Juice.