Hadleigh is a much-underrated gem. It's a small town with many beautiful timber framed buildings, many with decorative plasterwork (pargetting). Take time to stroll along the High Street, Angel Street and Benton Street in particular and admire the wonderful architecture. And don't miss the impressive Deanery Tower and Guildhall, both of which are hidden west of the High Street close to the church (see the gallery).
The town was recorded in Domesday as "Hetlega" and appears on John Speed's 1610 map as "Hadley". The Danish ruler of East Anglia, Guthrum lived here for 12 years after conversion to Christianity by King Alfred.
The town's most prosperous period was from the 12th Century onwards, when weavers turned it into a woolen production centre. The 15th Century Guildhall, Deanery Tower and medieval Toppesfield bridge (leading to the old market place) reflect this past status. Religious martyr, Dr Rowland Taylor was burnt at the stake on nearby Aldham common in 1555. His memorial can be seen from the by-pass…
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UNIDENTIFIED BEER SELLERS BY TRADE DIRECTORY OR CENSUS
The following people are listed in various directories as brewers, beer retailers or beerhouse keepers at (as yet) unidentified pubs or shops:
Notice to creditors - Such of the creditors of Francis Baker, late of Hadleigh, innholder, as have not already received composition of four shillings in pound for debts due to them may receive such by applying to Mr Grimes in HadleighIpswich Journal, 27 Mat 1784
Whereas I John Spencer, of Hadleigh in county of Suffolk, woolcomber, did wilfully and maliciously scandalise the character o…