Hadleigh (pronounced /ˈhædlɪ/) 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. It had a
population of 8,253 at the 2011 census. The headquarters of Babergh
District Council were located in the town until 2017.
1 Origin of the name
6 Sport and leisure
7 Notable people
9 External links
Origin of the name
Skeat, in his 1913 The Place-Names of Suffolk, says this:
Spelt Hadlega, R.B.; Hadleigh, Ipm.; Hædleage, in a late chapter,
Thorpe, Diplomat, 527; Headlega, Annals of St Neot, quoted in
Plummer's ed. of the A.S.Chronicle, ii. 102; Hetlega, D.B., p.184. In
D.B. the t stands for th; and the true A.S. form appears in a Worcs.
charter, dated 849, as hæðleage(gen.) with reference to Headley
Heath (a tautological name) in Birch, C.S. ii. 40; see Duignan,
Placenames of Worcs. The sense is 'heath-lea.' In a similar way the
A.S. ð has become t in Hatfield (Herts.) which means
Guthrum, King of the Danes, is said to be buried in the grounds of St
Mary's Church in the town. 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
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
The town has a total of 246 listed buildings. The Georgian East
House, on George Street, has been designated a Grade II listed
building since 26 April 1950. 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behind were withdrawn after strong local protest.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.
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.
The Anglican church of St Mary the Virgin
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
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."
According to the Annals of St Neots, a chronicle compiled in Bury St
Guthrum (later called Æthelstan, died c.890) was buried
at Headleage, which is usually identified as Hadleigh. He may have
built the original Saxon church at this site, traces of which were
revealed in the churchyard to the south of the porch, in 1829 and in
1984. There is no real evidence, however, that
Guthrum was the founder
of the church. In the
Doomsday Book there is mention of a church
at "Hetlega" being owned by
Archbishop Lanfranc of Canterbury.
The deanery, with a tall Tudor gatehouse in brick built just before
the Reformation, next to the church, is also a Grade I listed
Hadleigh United Reformed Church
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.
In April 2011 the historic clock bell in the Anglican church was
silenced by a pair of nesting jackdaws.
Hadleigh United Reformed Church, situated off Market Place, was
originally the town's Congregational Church, first founded in 1688. It
was rebuilt between 1825 and 1832), with seating for 1,000 and was
restored in 1890–91. The current minister is Rev Bryn
Baptist Chapel, probably founded in
1814, was built in 1830 and had a gallery added in 1884. It was
enlarged in 1875. The
Salvation Army was established in 1889 a
hall in Duke Street in 1920. St. Joseph's
Roman Catholic Church
was built in 1966. The congregation was first established, in 1937, in
a former corset factory which was destroyed by fire in 1964. The
town also previously had a
Primitive Methodist Chapel which was built
in 1848 and enlarged in 1875. There was also an Episcopal Mission
Chapel built on
Hadleigh Heath in 1878 and restored in 1891; it was
disused by 1912.
A typical example of timber framing, Benton Street
The former Kings Arms on Benton Street is 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 unofficially as the "Old
Monkey" and is still referred to by that name today. It is now a
private residence and bed and breakfast.
Suffolk is home to several manufacturers, including Jim Lawrence
Handcrafted Home Furnishings, and the Hadleigh Maid chocolate
company. Since 2009 Hadleigh has been the home of the Hellhound
The Brett Works site, off Pound Lane, was for some years the home of
Brett Valley Joinery and was later allocated by
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. The
proposal was rejected again in September 2013.
The Lady Lane Industrial estate is the location of Celotex Saint
Gobain, the manufacturer of the insulation component in the cladding
used at Grenfell Tower.
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 East
Anglia. Organised by the Hadleigh Farmers' Agricultural Association,
the show enjoyed 12,500 visitors in 2013.
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. Students included Lucian
Freud and Maggi Hambling.
The Ansell Community Centre was set up in 2004 as a charity with the
object of providing community facilities for the people of Hadleigh
and surrounding area. It is a private company limited with six
trustees. Membership of the ACC is open to anyone who is interested in
the work of the charity. Currently there are over 30 members. The
centre runs the digital cinema ("Hollywood in Hadleigh") and two lunch
clubs. The ACC also organises community events such as "The Hidden
Gardens of Hadleigh" and, together with churches in Hadleigh, some
festivals throughout the year. The building is owned by the United
Sport and leisure
River Brett at Hadleigh
Hadleigh has a
Non-League football club
Hadleigh United F.C.
Hadleigh United F.C. who play
at Millfield. The town is also home to Hadleigh Rugby Club
(HRFC). Both the football and rugby club boast thriving youth and
The town's bowls and cricket clubs are among the oldest in Suffolk.
The bowls club was founded in 1754. The cricket club is over 200
years old and pre-dates the Marylebone
Other sporting clubs include the Hadleigh Tennis Club, Hadleigh Hares
(running club), Hadleigh Cycling Club.
At Benton End Farm there is an equestrian centre and a paintball
Patrick Newell, the British actor who played spymaster "Mother" in the
television series The Avengers, was born in Hadleigh.
The town is the home of English poet and author Pauline Stainer.
British extreme metal band
Cradle of Filth
Cradle of Filth were formed in
Maggi Hambling was raised in Hadleigh and has one of her
paintings displayed in St Mary's Church.
The Guardian's architecture critic, journalist Jonathan Glancey, lives
Caryn Franklin, the fashion designer, also lives in Hadleigh.
Oswald Gayford, world record holder for long distance flying, in 1927,
1933 and 1938, was from Hadleigh.
Russell Swallow of folk duo
Swallow and the Wolf
Swallow and the Wolf was born in
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