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Population (2011) of Halesworth: 4726.
Local licensing authority for Halesworth is East Suffolk.
Beccles for a puritan,
Bungay for the poor,
Halesworth for a drunkard,
And Blythburgh for a whoreold verse
The settlement was recorded in Domesday as "Haleurda", "Halesuuorda" or "Healesuurda".
The town certainly became an important brewing and malting centre after the opening of the River Blyth Navigation after an Act of Parliament in 1756. Today, the canal is little more than a stream, giving no clue as to its former navigability.
Dawson Turner and his son-in-law, William Hooker, owned the Bridge Street brewery in 1817, where his son Joseph was born. Both William and son were later to become directors of Kew Gardens. It is also said that William Hooker began his extensive collection of herbs and four botanical works whilst living in the town. Today the Cut is a major arts venue in a converted brewery building near the station.
Halesworth Museum can be found at the town's railway station.
RAF Halesworth was just north east of the town, and was operational from July 1943, with P47 (Thunderbolts) flown by the USAF 56th Fighter Squadron being based here. Under Colonel Hubert Zemke they were soon to become one of the finest fighter groups in the entire US 8th Air Force and after April 1944 were based at Boxted (north Essex). From May to November 1944 the 489th Bomb Group was based at Halesworth, flying B24 planes. Finally the airfield was mainly used for training and air-sea rescue with a variety of aircraft based here including Catalinas.
Some details from "Suffolk Airfields in WW2" by Graham Smith.