St Leonard's Church, Mundford
 Mundford shown within Norfolk
Area  8.32 km2 (3.21 sq mi)
Population 1,526 (2011 Census)[1]
    density  183/km2 (470/sq mi)
OS grid referenceTL802933
Shire countyNorfolk
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post town THETFORD
Postcode district IP26
Police Norfolk
Fire Norfolk
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
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Coordinates: 52°30′30″N 0°39′21″E / 52.508281°N 0.655746°E / 52.508281; 0.655746

Mundford is a village and civil parish in the English county of Norfolk. It is situated at the intersection of two major routes, the A134 Colchester to King's Lynn road and the A1065 Mildenhall to Fakenham road, about 8 miles (13 km) north west of Thetford. The village is 35 miles (56 km) from the city of Norwich and 88 miles (142 km) from London.[2][3]

The civil parish has an area of 2,060 acres (830 ha) and in the 2001 census had a population of 1,591 in 669 households. The population at the 2011 Census had reduced to 1,526 in 652 households. The parish shares boundaries with the adjacent parishes of Didlington, Cranwich, Weeting-with-Broomhill, Lynford and Ickburgh. The parish falls within the district of Breckland. Local government responsibilities are shared between the parish, district and county councils.[2][4]

Local history

Lynford Quarry in Mundford is a well-preserved in-situ Middle Palaeolithic open-air site dating to 60,000 years ago that is believed to show evidence of Neanderthal Man.[5]


There were two recorded manors at Mundford (anciently Montfort after that family) both originally held of the Church. On the 26 July 1561, Richard Killingworth (d.1586), as Lord of West Hall manor in the parish of Mundford, presented to the church there, of which he was Patron. His son & heir-apparent, John Killingworth (d.1617), presented in 1574, and Richard the father again on 16 August 1577. Giles Killingworth [John's son and heir-apparent] presented on 21 July 1608. Giles died seized of the manor etc., on 26 February 1634, leaving by his second wife Elizabeth, daughter of Samuel Hare in the City of London, a son and heir, James, then aged 15. Soon after this the manor was purchased by his cousin, Sir Giles Alington of Horseheath, Knt., (d.1638) and settled on James, his son by his second wife Dorothy, daughter of Michael Dalton. James died young after a fall from a horse, and the manor passed to his half-brother, William, 1st Lord Alington (1610-1648).[6]


  1. "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  2. 1 2 "Census population and household counts for unparished urban areas and all parishes". Office for National Statistics & Norfolk County Council. 2001. Retrieved 2009-01-14.
  3. Distances are "by road" and derived using "Google Maps". Retrieved on 2009-01-14.
  4. "Election Maps". Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 2009-01-14.
  5. Donoghue, J. 2006. The Lynford mammoths: slaughtered by Neanderthals? Current Archaeology 205: 40-44
  6. Blomefield, the Rev. Francis, The Topographical History of Norfolk, London, vol.2, 1805, pps: 244 & 247.
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