East Anglia Map Ref: B4
10 miles north east of Newmarket off the A11
Although the area has been inhabited since neolithic times, Mildenhall is probably better known today as being the location of RAF Mildenhall, one of the United States Air Force's major bases in the UK, and the Mildenhall Air Show, the largest military organised air display in the world.|
Certainly, as you wander around the town, you cannot help but notice the accents of our American cousins, and the occasional low flying aircraft.
The old town centres around the market place with its 16th century hexagonal market cross and the town pump.
The Friday market is typical of the small markets around East Anglia, offering everything from fruit & vegetables to clothing & tools.
Opposite the market place is St Mary's Church which still retains many of its 12th & 13th century features.
High above the nave are some spectacular carved angels. The roofs of the aisles also contain carvings.
Many of these carvings were damaged by Puritans who attacked them with buckshot, arrows and axes. See if you can spot the pike head still embedded in one of them.
In King Street is the Mildenhall Museum which has some excellent displays of times past, the local wildlife, the history of the RAF base, and of course, information on the 'Mildenhall Treasure', a horde of 4th century Roman silver tableware found nearby.
Other points of interest:
The River Lark runs through the town and there are several walks, from a short one mile walk to Barton Mills, to a long 10 mile one along the Lark Valley to Bury St Edmunds.
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Last Updated: 11 November 2004
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