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Needham Market

Needham Market

Hawks Mill, Needham Market now converted into flats
Needham Market is located in Suffolk
Needham Market
 Needham Market shown within Suffolk
Population 4,574 (2001 Census)
OS grid reference
District Mid Suffolk
Shire county Suffolk
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town IPSWICH
Postcode district IP6
Dialling code 01449
Police Suffolk
Fire Suffolk
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament Bury St Edmunds
List of places

Needham Market is a town in Suffolk, England. The town of Needham, Massachusetts was named after Needham Market.[1]


  • History 1
  • Notable buildings 2
  • Sport and leisure 3
  • Transport 4
  • Notable people 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


It initially grew around the wool combing industry, until the onset of the plague, which swept the town from 1663 to 1665. To prevent the spread of the disease, the town was chained at either end, which succeeded in its task but at the cost of two-thirds of the populace. The town did not recover for nearly two hundred years, with the canalisation of the River Gipping in the late 18th Century and the introduction of the railway. Modern Needham Market contains two road names that are linked to the plague. Chainhouse Road, named after the chains that ran across the East end of the town. The Causeway, is a modern variation of 'the corpseway' so called because of the route that plague victims were transported out of town, to neighbouring Barking church for interment.[2]

Notable buildings

Notable Buildings in the town include:

Sport and leisure

Needham Market has a Non-League football club Needham Market F.C. who play at Bloomfields, they have been very successful over recent years after reaching the semi-finals of the FA Vase.[3]

Needham Lake (a former gravel pit) provides leisure facilities and a wildlife habitat.[4]


The East Anglia Main Line railway runs through the town, with Needham Market railway station providing trains to Ipswich and Cambridge. The A14 (although then the A45) once ran directly through Needham Market, but a bypass was built in the 1970s. This has left the town with good road links to the surrounding area, but with less traffic than before.

Notable people

Notable people from Needham include:


  1. ^ Rosenberg, Chaim M.; Society, the Needham Historical (2012). Knitters of Needham. Arcadia. p. 17.  
  2. ^ "History". GB: Retrieved 2012-08-08. 
  3. ^ "Club History - Needham Market Football Club". Retrieved 2012-08-08. 
  4. ^ "Needham Lake". Mid Suffolk District Council. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Baroness Scott of Needham Market | People". Retrieved 2012-08-08. 

External links

  • Needham Market Town Council
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