The town’s backbone, is the high street, with just the right eclectic mix of shops, services, restaurants, cafés and pubs. Known for their individuality, quality and care, within a naturally contemporary environment.
All nestling among countryside to take your breath away. Unassuming, yet often spectacular scenes that inspired 18th century painters, Constable and Gainsborough.
Twentieth century artist Cedric Morris spent forty years in Hadleigh. A post impressionist and pioneering gardener, he founded a school with painter and sculptor Arthur Lett-Haines, whose students included Lucian Freud and locally raised Maggi Hambling.
While local hero Oswald Gayford a fearless long-distance flyer, held the world record in 1927, 1933 and 1938.
Sitting on the River Brett, established as a market town in 1252, there is a gentle and yet lively bustle with its population of approximately 9000.
Looking restfully idyllic, the homely atmosphere is testimony to the many families and individuals remaining residents through several generations.
Hadleigh is central to; Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich, Colchester and Sudbury – and noteworthy villages such as; Clare, Dedham, Kersey, Lavenham and Long Melford.
Social and cultural activities keep this community celebrating their collective wealth.
Expect a friendly welcome and relaxed hospitality wherever you go.
Events for week of 19/03/2018
This Week Navigation
What book are you reading?
We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
First record you bought?
Madness – One Step Beyond
Favourite place to visit in Suffolk?
What’s top of your bucket list?
Finland, and see killer whales
The last film you saw?
Daddy’s Home 2
Where do you like to go on holiday?
UK and Newquay this year but for my 50th, we went to Iceland
With effortless enthusiasm, James beams away about Hadleigh. While ‘the customer comes first’ the pleasure seems all his. Asking how he describes Hunters? He simply says; “We offer a bespoke experience for people and places”. How does he see the locality? “As a Wool Town, it’s packed full of historical Medieval architecture, which many homes have maintained making for characterful and interesting homes. For instance, most of the High Street is ‘listed’ and there are some very special buildings which are of interest to English Heritage. Some go back as far as the 1100’s. I recently valued a building from the 13th Century”. Have they seen an influx and growth? “Yes, Hadleigh’s becoming extremely popular. Mainly people feeling squeezed out of more congested areas south of here. Places such as Greater London, the Home Counties and Essex”.
What else particularly draws people here? “For those who can afford a traditional market town lifestyle with local regional economics, Hadleigh’s an authentic choice. The other advantage is a location that’s relatively easy to reach such a wide variety of different places. And it’s a real living High Street. With independent businesses where we can buy most of what we need. Hairdressers, Opticians — it’s all here. Even a decent gent’s Barber. I live ten minutes away and working among the lovely people of Hadleigh Town is a real joy.”
PHOTOS OF HADLEIGH 2017: Hadleigh_2017_photos.PDF
Photographs by Peter Cutts