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Mendham

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"MENDHAM parish contains 823 souls, and upwards of 3000 acres of land, of which only 257 souls, and 1200 acres are in Norfolk, adjoining Harleston, and all the rest, with the village, church, (All Saints,) and some vestiges of a Priory, are in Hoxne Hundred, Suffolk, on the south side of the river Waveney, 2 miles S.E. of Harleston. . . . The whole is in Hoxne Union. The Rev. Geo. Ayton Whitaker, of Knodishall, is patron and rector, and also owner of Dove House, a pleasant seat, now occupied by the Rev. J.W.S. Donnison. This and several other scattered houses, near Shotford Bridge, are in the Norfolk part of the parish." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

Mendham is about 8 miles E.N.E. of Diss.
The parish originally had parts in both Norfolk and Suffolk, divided by the river Waveney.
Part of the town of Harleston was in Mendham parish.
Now, the northern part belongs to the Norfolk parish of Redenhall with Harleston, and the southern part is a parish in Suffolk.
See also Genuki Suffolk: Mendham, Redenhall and Harleston.
See also Mundham.

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Census

  • 1841
    [Bibliopolis Books, CD BIB-SFK-168, no date]
  • 1891: Surname List
    The Norfolk part of Mendham is probably included with the Redenhall with Harleston census.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Censuses

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Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Hoxne, in the archdeaconry of Suffolk.
    It could have been in a different deanery or archdeaconry both before and after this date.
  • The parish church is dedicated to All Saints and is in Suffolk, south of the river Waveney.
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Church History

Church of All Saints
Description and pictures.
Church of All Saints
Services, etc.
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Church Records

Marriages 1678-1837
These are in Phillimore's Marriage Registers for Suffolk, Volume 3.
Marriages
These are included in Boyd's Marriage Index.
Mendham is in the NBI: National Burial Index

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Church Records

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Civil Registration

For the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths between 1837 and 1907 (and for the censuses from 1851 to 1901), Mendham was in Hoxne Registration District.

After 1885 the Norfolk part of Mendham was added to the parish of Redenhall with Harleston, for civil purposes. This was in Depwade Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration

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Description and Travel

Mendham and Withersdale
Description, history, parish council, church, organisations, pictures, etc.
Mendham Water Mill
Description, history and pictures.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

The northern part of Mendham is in Earsham hundred in Norfolk.
The southern part is in Hoxne hundred in Suffolk.

Parish outline and location.
See Parish Map for Earsham Hundred
and Parish Map for Hoxne Registration District, 1836
Description of Earsham Hundred
1845: White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk

You can see the administrative areas in which Mendham has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.

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Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • After 1834 Mendham became part of the Hoxne Union in Suffolk, and the workhouse was at Barley Green near Stradbroke.
  • After 1885 the Norfolk part of Mendham was added to the parish of Redenhall with Harleston, for civil purposes. This was part of the Depwade Union, and the workhouse was at Pulham Market (Pulham St Mary Magdalen).
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Population

These figures are from the population tables which were produced after the 10-yearly national censuses. They have been supplemented with information from county directories. The "Families" heading includes families and single occupiers.

No attempt has been made to work out the figures after 1881 because of this text in Kelly's Directory of Suffolk for 1912:

"the population in 1911 was 484 in the civil, and 660 in the ecclesiastical in 1901 [sic], which extends into Norfolk. By a Local Government Board Order, which came into operation March 25, 1885, a part of the parish of Withersdale was for civil purposes added to Mendham; and that portion of Mendham on the north side of the Waveney, in Norfolk, was at the same time added to Harleston."
  Norfolk
Year   Inhabited
Houses
Families Population
1801 43 43 196
1811 32 49 248
1821 -- -- ---
1831 62 62 330
1841 -- -- 257
1851 -- -- 291
1861 -- -- 221
1871 51 52 247
1881 53 54 251
Suffolk Total
 
Population
 
Population
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551 881
566 823
586 877
558 779
544 791
500 751

There may be more people living in detached parts of the parish (if there were any) and, if so, the number may or may not be included in the figures above. It is quite difficult to be sure from the population tables.

1821 Census
"The Parish of Mendham is mostly in Hoxne Hundred, Suffolk, and there entered."
1831 Census
"Most part of the Parish of Mendham is in Hoxne Hundred, County of Suffolk, where the whole Population was entered in 1821; the entire Parish contains 881 Inhabitants."
1831: Lewis's Topographical Dictionary of England
"MENDHAM [...] containing 835 inhabitants." It does not say which year this referred to.
1845: White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk
"MENDHAM parish contains 823 souls, and upwards of 3000 acres of land, of which only 257 souls, and 1200 acres are in Norfolk,"
1854: White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk
"MENDHAM, a parish, partly in Norfolk and partly in Suffolk, comprises 877 souls, and about 3,000 acres of land, of which 291 souls and 1,200 acres are in Norfolk,"
1864: White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk
"MENDHAM parish contains 779 inhabitants, and upwards of 3000 acres of land, of which only 221 inhabitants, and 1200 acres are in Norfolk,"
1871 Census
"The Parish of Mendham is partly in Suffolk; the entire parish contains 791 persons."
1881 Census
"Mendham is partly in Suffolk; the entire parish contains 751 persons."
1901 Census
Redenhall with Harleston: "Including Harleston Common, and part of Mendham."
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