Hadleigh area guide - Suffolk
Hadleigh is an attractive traditional market town set in the heart of the Suffolk countryside. Once a Viking Royal town, Hadleigh prospered through its wool and cloth trade in the 14th and 15th centuries and is home to buildings of all styles and periods making it a very interesting place to visit.
Although only a small town it has plenty to offer the tourist including the Deanery Tower, built in 1495, with its polygonal turrets, St Mary’s Church and a Guildhall. The high Street is a joy to wander down with unique shop buildings sitting alongside timber-framed houses, pubs and restaurants. Visiting on a Friday or Saturday will also give you the chance to browse the market stalls offering a typical English market town experience.
Parallel to the High Street, The River Brett meanders its way from the north edge of the town, under picturesque Toppesfield Bridge, through a mill pool and then on to Higham, where it joins the River Stour in Constable Country.
If you have 30 minutes to spare you must experience the excellent circular walk that takes in the High Street and Hadleigh's two bridges as well as a nature reserve on the edge of town.
Nearby the villages of Kersey, Lavenham and Dedhamare are all worth a visit.
Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015