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Coordinates: 52°01′59″N 0°42′58″E / 52.033°N 00.716°E / 52.033; 00.716


Ballingdon Street, Ballingdon
OS grid reference TL8640
Shire county Suffolk
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Sudbury
Postcode district CO10
Dialling code 01787
Police Suffolk
Fire Suffolk
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
List of places

Ballingdon is a suburb of the town of Sudbury in Suffolk, England. Once a separate village in the County of Essex, today it is part of Sudbury civil parish. It is the only part of the town to the south of the River Stour.

The village developed on the important ancient highway from Braintree and Halstead in Essex to Sudbury and Bury St Edmunds. It grew adjacent to a bridge (today known as Ballingdon Bridge) over the River Stour. It dates back to at least the 13th century.[1] It remains the only crossing of the river for several miles in each direction. Ballingdon and Brundon (which formed the township of Ballingdon-cum-Brandon, then in Essex) were added to the borough of Sudbury (and the county of Suffolk) in 1832 as part of the Reform Act; at the time it had a population of 831.[2] In 1972 the owners of Ballingdon Hall, in anticipation of a housing development which did not take place, had it moved half a mile up Ballingdon Hill on the back of a large transporter; the event was watched by 10,000 people.[3]

Ballingdon came to be home to many businesses, evidence of which can be seen in the architecture of the buildings, with large shop windows and other tell-tale signs. This was because before Ballingdon became part of Suffolk It was cheaper to open a business on the Essex side of the river, as no levy had to be paid to Sudbury town council. By 2011 only 8 businesses remained open outside the industrial units, just 3 of them retail outlets.

Ballingdon was home to two brickworks, long since vanished, but location maps of them can be found online.[4] The Allen family operation, (on Middleton Road) was the most advanced, and barges made their way up an especially constructed cut from the River Stour, which passed the brickworks and even continued under Middleton Road. The clay was sourced locally and brick makers were expected to meet a target of 1,000 bricks per day. The hand making of bricks has long since been over-shadowed by machines, but can still be seen at Bulmer Brick and Tile,[5] who offer tours to schools and adults.

Today Ballingdon Street is a conservation area and contains numerous listed buildings. King's Marsh Stadium, home of A.F.C. Sudbury, is located in the area.


External links

  • Several photos of Ballingdon past Sudbury Museum Trust
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