Our Town

Hadleigh's historic High Street
Hadleigh's historic High Street
Hadleigh High Street
Hadleigh's High Street today

Hadleigh is one of Suffolk’s evolving towns, an emerging key hub in the Southern half of the county.  With a population of about 9,000, Hadleigh is located just off centre in the triangle created by Colchester to the South, Ipswich to the East and Bury St Edmunds to the Northwest. The town is surrounded by glorious Suffolk countryside but at the same time is within easy access of the A12 and A14 – and is within 30 minutes of three mainline stations: Ipswich, Manningtree and Colchester.

Hadleigh is a Suffolk market town proud of its history and High Street mostly of independent stores and businesses. The town is home to one of the UK’s oldest annual agricultural shows and two industrial estates including strong national and international business names. Dotted around the town and neighbouring villages there are also very many small businesses and sole traders offering different products and services and covering many trades and professions.

Hadleigh falls under Suffolk County Council, Babergh District Council and is in the Parliamentary constituency of South Suffolk. For many years Babergh's offices have been in Hadleigh, but as of Autumn 2017 Babergh and Mid-Suffolk DC will be sharing offices in Ipswich, with outposts in Sudbury and Stowmarket.

The Hadleigh Chamber of Commerce has an objective of ensuring that Hadleigh continues to evolve, an example of commercial diversity and a key player in Suffolk’s economy and landscape.

Hadleigh Church & Deanery Tower
Hadleigh Church
Hadleigh Guildhall
Hadleigh Guildhall


Known for a strong community spirit, a high percentage of listed buildings (in particular the Grade I listed St Mary’s Church, Deanery Tower and Guildhall) and a historic legacy dating back beyond the market town status presented in 1252. 

Hadleigh is a small town with a big heart, fuelled by a rich ecclesiastical tradition, a thriving and independent high street and a wealth of clubs and organisations. The church not only dominates the skyline but it also provides a focus for the needs of young people linking many aspects of town life.  There is an abundance of sports clubs including the cricket ground nestled on the edge of town, a thriving bowls club and rugby, football and darts league teams.

With three schools, six pubs, four cafes, a swimming pool and leisure centre there is ample scope for clubs and organisations of all types for all ages including music and song, drama and art.  The town is well served with restaurants and has its own charity shop feeding money back into the community.

Though not exactly unique, it is a model of an historic town that has grown with the times preserving its history while growing and adapting to the needs of a modern community.

Hadleigh Suffolk IP7 is another Suffolk gem to complement Lavenham, Clare, Aldeburgh, Southwold, Framlingham, Woodbridge and Long Melford.

Check out the Hadleigh Wikipedia entry


Loyalty Card

Hadleigh Chamber of Commerce launched a Loyalty scheme on 1 November 2012.  The more you shop in the town, the greater the chance of winning the cash prize.

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