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Spotlight on Hadleigh


Published on 26 October 2017 by Veronica Cowlin

Hadleigh is a charming market town with a fascinating history. It's known as one of Suffolk's 'wool towns' and was one of the first towns in East Anglia to prosper from the cloth/wool industry. With a total of 246 listed buildings and well known for its pargeting, Hadleigh is a place to visit with your eyes firmly on the buildings to make the most of the towns fabulous architecture.

There is a good choice of individual shops and boutiques, including the famous Partridges, a hardware shop that has an extensive range of goods for the home and garden; there are some excellent restaurants, pubs and cafes; pleasant walks along the River Brett and the disused railway and do make sure you take a small detour of the high street to see the beautiful church/guildhall/deanery tower complex.

The annual Hadleigh Show takes place in May. It's one of the oldest in East Anglia and is a proudly traditional agricultural show about farming and local produce with lots of exhibts and demonstrations showcasing the best of what the local area has to offer.

Leave yourself plenty of time to look around Hadleigh and the surrounding area, or better still, why not make Hadleigh your base for a short break stay in the area? Hadleigh lies on the the Cycle South Suffolk route (leaflet available from our tourist information centres) as well as the Hull to Harwich Sustrans cycle route.

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