Mildenhall area guide - Suffolk
Mildenhall is a busy market town lying on the western boundary of Suffolk and bordering the Fens. Its close proximity to Thetford Forest gives anyone staying here a wealth of natural unspoilt countryside with beautiful pine forest walks and an abundance of natural wildlife.
The town is home to some wonderful buildings including a timbered C16th market cross and pump. The St Mary’s Church has a magnificent carved hammer beam roof and a 112 foot tower and Lady Chapel. Its north porch is the largest in Suffolk and dates back to the C13th.
In 1946 a local ploughman uncovered treasure of C4th Roman silverware that was deemed important enough to be housed in the British Museum, though the story of the treasure's discovery is featured in the town's museum, with a gallery containing replicas of the silver hoard. The museum itself is full of character as it is made up of early C19th cottages with modern extensions.
After browsing the museum and local artefacts you can follow the riverside walk along the River Lark to Barton Mills - perhaps enjoying a picnic by the water, or lunch at one of the pubs enroute.
Mildenhall and District Museum – Local history, RAF connections and Mildenhall Treasure. Archaeology and natural history. Open Mar- Dec W, Th, E/Es 2.30-4.30, F 11-4 Free 01638 716970 www.mildenhallmuseum.co.uk
Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015