Stradbroke in the snow
Stradbroke shown within Suffolk
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Stradbroke (// STRAD-brook) is a village in the English county of Suffolk. It is in the Mid Suffolk District and part of the East of England Region of England. Stradbroke is near to the small Suffolk town of Eye and the larger Norfolk market town of Diss. It has a population of around 1330 (mid-2005).
Stradbroke is midway between Norwich and Ipswich and within easy driving distance of the Suffolk coastal towns of Southwold and Aldeburgh. By train from Diss it is an hour and a half to London. Buses link the village to surrounding towns.
The village today
The village has a pub and other local services including a library, swimming pool and gym, playing fields and community centre. A doctor's surgery, a primary school and secondary school, Stradbroke High School, serve the surrounding area, and there are numerous social and sporting activities. The village has a traditional primary school and a secondary school. The secondary school is the smallest secondary school in Suffolk with around 360 pupils. The village had both a post office and a village shop which closed during 2013.
The village is dominated by All Saints' Church which can be seen from miles away. It has a 15th-century tower.
The village also used to host a more unusual event on the last Saturday in July known as Navy Day. This mourned the end of the Royal Navy's rum ration and as part of the celebrations a tot of rum was processed around the village. The last Navy Day was held in 2007.
- G.M. Miller, BBC Pronouncing Dictionary of British Names (London: Oxford UP, 1971), p. 142.
- Stradbroke All Saints', Suffolk Churches Website. Retrieved 2013-02-05.
- Stradbroke Village Website
- Stradbroke Parish Council
- An Illustrated History of Stradbroke and Denham. S Govier 2010.
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