Stradbroke in the snow
Stradbroke shown within Suffolk
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According to the Census of 2011, Stradbroke had a population of 1,408, having grown from estimates of c. 1,330 in 2005.
During the Middle Ages, the name of the village was sometimes spelt Stradbrook. A prominent medieval philosopher Robert Grosseteste, also Bishop of Lincoln, was born in Stradbroke, circa 1175. The village is dominated by All Saints' Church which has a 15th-century tower.
In October 2014 the Primary School celebrated the 150th anniversary of its opening on 28 September 1864.
The village used to host an 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.
Because Stradbroke is central to many smaller villages and hamlets, it has always had more facilities than its population might suggest. It serves as a centre for education for Mid Suffolk and there is both a Primary School and a High School in the village. There are also three pubs, several shops and many other local services including a public library, a community centre, a swimming pool and a gym. There is an extensive playing field for cricket and football, three tennis courts and two bowling greens. There is also a fitness track and some 12 miles of public footpaths for those who like to run, jog or walk the dog. Near the community centre there is also a doctor's surgery open every weekday and a play area for young children. At Westhall there is another play area and a recreation ground for informal games. The village post office re-opened in its new home in the library, which is housed in the historic Courthouse building, on 14 October 2014. This was two years after the previous post office shop closed. It is the first post office in England run by a library service, Suffolk Libraries, and the library staff work on both the post office and library counters. The village Spar shop was extensively refurbished in summer 2014 and is open every day from 7am to 9pm. There is also a bakery and a butcher's shop in the village.
Stradbroke has a monthly magazine that is delivered free to houses in the parish entitled The Stradbroke Monthly. The village also has an online community radio station called Radio Stradbroke that broadcasts shows and from live events in the village.
It is midway between Norwich and Ipswich and a short driving distance from the coastal towns of Southwold and Aldeburgh. Stradbroke is near the small Suffolk town of Eye and the larger Norfolk market town of Diss (which is an hour and a half by train from London). Buses link the village to surrounding towns.
- Data view : Population - 5 year age bands - Persons - Census, Suffolk Observatory. Parish best estimates from United Kingdom Census 2011. Retrieved 2014-03-15.
- 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.
- "Clocks turned back in 150 years celebration at Stradbroke Primary School". Diss Express. Johnson Press. Retrieved 4 October 2014.
- "Final Navy Day Photo Album". Stadbroke Village Website. Retrieved 20 June 2014.
- "Post Office returns to Stradbroke two years after closing". Diss Express. Retrieved 20 October 2014.
- "Stradbroke Library Post Office is open!". Suffolk Libraries. Retrieved 20 October 2014.
- S. Govier, 2010, An Illustrated History of Stradbroke and Denham [publisher missing]
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