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Hadleigh, Suffolk


Signpost in Hadleigh
Hadleigh is located in Suffolk
 Hadleigh shown within Suffolk
Population 8,253 (2011)
OS grid reference
Civil parish Hadleigh
District Babergh
Shire county Suffolk
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town IPSWICH
Postcode district IP7
Dialling code 01473
Police Suffolk
Fire Suffolk
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament South Suffolk
List of places

Hadleigh is an ancient market town and civil parish in South Suffolk, East Anglia, situated, next to the River Brett, between the larger towns of Sudbury and Ipswich. The headquarters of Babergh District Council are located in the town, which at the 2011 census had a population of 8,253.[1]


  • History 1
  • Religion 2
  • Culture 3
  • Sport and leisure 4
  • Economy 5
  • Notable people 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


Guthrum, King of the Danes, is said to be buried in the grounds of St Mary's Church in the town.[2] He was defeated by King Alfred at the battle of Edington in 878.

Hadleigh received its market charter in 1252. In 1438 administration was passed from manorial control to trustees. The market was eventually sold to Babergh District Council in the late 20th century.[3]

Pargeting at 81, High Street

Hadleigh was one of the East Anglian towns that derived its prosperity from its wool and cloth industries. It has a 15th-century timber-framed Guildhall and many fine examples of timber and brick listed buildings, some with highly detailed 17th-century plasterwork or "pargeting". Most of these buildings can be found in the High Street, Angel Street, Benton Street, and the immediately surrounding area.

The town has a total of 246 Grade II listed building since 26 April 1950.[5] In March 2013 plans by Babergh District Council to redevelop the site and build houses on the land behind were withdrawn after strong local protest. The property was once used for a range of community events and activities. Opponents of the plan had argued that the adjacent land had been used as a village green for the last 20 years.[6]

Originating in the 14th century, the Grade II* listed Toppesfield Bridge, over the River Brett, is the oldest in the county still carrying vehicles. It was widened in 1812.[7]


St Mary's Church

The Anglican church of St Mary the Virgin is an active parish church in the archdeaconry of Ipswich in the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich. Its earliest parts date from medieval times. On 26 April 1950 the church was designated a Grade I listed building by English Heritage. The Grade I designation is the highest of the three grades and is for buildings that are "of exceptional interest, sometimes considered to be internationally important.”[8]

The deanery, a highly distinctive brick building next to the church, is also a Grade I listed building.[9]

Like its near neighbour, East Bergholt, Hadleigh was known during the 16th century for its Protestant radicalism. Rowland Taylor, a preacher from the town, and his curate, Richard Yeoman, were martyred during the reign of Queen Mary I. The Oxford Movement was said to have been founded in 1833 following a meeting in the deanery.[10]

As well as the Anglican church, the town also supports a United Reformed Church, a Baptist chapel, a Salvation Army congregation and a Roman Catholic church.

In April 2011 the historic clock bell in the Anglican church was silenced by a pair of nesting jackdaws.[11]


The annual Hadleigh Show, first held in 1840 and also known as 'the May Show', is one of the oldest one-day agricultural shows in

  • Hadleigh Town Council website
  • Hadleigh Chamber of Commerce
  • Babergh District Council
  • Hadleigh Tennis Club
  • Hadleigh Cricket Club
  • Hadleigh Bridge Club
  • "East Anglian Film Archive: "Hadleigh" search results –". Retrieved 1 May 2012. 

External links

  1. ^ "Census 2011: Parish Headcounts: Hadleigh". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  2. ^ D. Dumville and M. Lapidge (eds) Annals of St. Neots Cambridge 1984
  3. ^ "Welcome to the Hadleigh Town Council website". GB: 2013-09-22. Retrieved 2014-05-17. 
  4. ^ "Listed Buildings in Hadleigh, Suffolk, England". Retrieved 30 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "East House, Hadleigh". Retrieved 30 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "Proposals for East House scrapped". Johnston Publishing Ltd. 19 March 2013. Retrieved 30 March 2013. 
  7. ^ Hadleigh Official Town Guide 2014, Local Authority Publishing Co. Ltd, p.10.
  8. ^ "What Are Listed Buildings?". Retrieved 30 March 2013. 
  9. ^ "Deanery Tower, Hadleigh". Retrieved 30 March 2013. 
  10. ^ Barry, William. (1911)""The Oxford Movement (1833–1845) . The Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. Retrieved 20 November 2008. 
  11. ^ Bunn, Matt (18 April 2011). "Hadleigh: Nesting jackdaws force church bell to be silenced".  
  12. ^ "Hadleigh Show". Retrieved 30 March 2013. 
  13. ^ Richard Morphet Cedric Morris The Tate Gallery 1984 ISBN 0-946590-06-0 pp. 59–60
  14. ^ Gardening (2 February 2012). "Cedric Morris: The flowering of a great artistic talent". London: Telegraph. Retrieved 2014-05-17. 
  15. ^ "Hadleigh United". Thurlow Nunn League. Retrieved 30 March 2013. 
  16. ^ "Welcome To Hadleigh Bowling Club Website". Retrieved 30 March 2013. 
  17. ^ "Hadleigh Cricket Club – 213 not out". Retrieved 30 March 2013. 
  18. ^ [3]
  19. ^ [4]
  20. ^ Holden, Julie. "Is this Suffolk's sexiest place to stay?". Suffolk Magazine.  
  21. ^ "Talking to Jim Lawrence". The Suffolk Guide. Retrieved 30 March 2013. 
  22. ^ Evans, Katy (10 April 2006). "Freshly laid at Hadleigh Maid".  
  23. ^ [- "Hellhound Brewery"] . Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
  24. ^ "Hadleigh Hellhound brewery". 3 May 2013. Retrieved 30 December 2013. 
  25. ^ Harris, Chris (7 January 2012). "Hadleigh: Tesco still wants a new store in town".  
  26. ^ "Tesco's Hadleigh supermarket plans rejected again". BBC News. 18 September 2013. 
  27. ^ "Patrick Newell".  
  28. ^ "Pauline Stainer – Author". Retrieved 30 March 2013. 
  29. ^ "Suffolk tourist board embarrassed after metal band Cradle of Filth voted county's greatest icon".  
  30. ^ Bredin, Lucinda (18 May 2002). "Maggi Hambling – A matter of life and death".  
  31. ^ Glancey, Jonathan (2 November 2007). "Food directory: Jonathan Glancey on organic shops and delis".  
  32. ^ "My Home: Caryn Franklin, TV presenter".  
  33. ^ Withers, Alison (28 February 2003). "Suffolk flight anniversary this year".  
  34. ^ "Russell Swallow and the Wolf (Interview)". YouTube. 4 March 2013. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 


Notable people

The Brett Works site, off Pound Lane, was for some years the home of Brett Valley Joinery and was later allocated by Babergh District Council as a potential site for a new foodstore. Supermarket giant Tesco has made a number of controversial proposals for the building of a store in the town. Their latest proposal, for development of the Pound Lane site, was rejected by the council in July 2011.[25] The proposal was rejected again in September 2013 [26]

Suffolk is home to several manufacturers, including Jim Lawrence Handcrafted Home Furnishings,[21] and the Hadleigh Maid chocolate company.[22] Since 2009 Hadleigh has been the home of the Hellhound microbrewery.[23][24]

A typical example of timber framing. The building, a pub for over 400 years, has sections that date to the 15th century. It was known officially as The Kings Arms, but is still referred to today as "The Old Monkey". It is now a private residence and bed and breakfast.[20]


At Benton End Farm there is an equestrian centre and a paintball centre.[18][19]

The town's bowls and cricket clubs are among the oldest in Suffolk. The bowls club was founded in 1754.[16] The cricket club is over 200 years old and pre-dates the Marylebone Cricket Club.[17]

Hadleigh has a Non-League football club Hadleigh United F.C. who play at Millfield.[15]

River Brett at Hadleigh

Sport and leisure

The BBC television series Lovejoy was partly filmed in Hadleigh for its first two series.

Benton End House, a Grade II* listed building on Benton Street, was originally a large medieval farmhouse. From 1940 it was the home of Sir Cedric Morris, artist and plantsman, who formed the East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing there.[13] Students included Lucian Freud and Maggi Hambling.[14]


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