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Hadleigh is an ancient market town and civil parish in South Suffolk, East Anglia, situated, next to the River Brett, between the larger towns of Sudbury and Ipswich. The headquarters of Babergh District Council are located in the town, which at the 2011 census had a population of 8,253.
Hadleigh received its market charter in 1252. In 1438 administration was passed from manorial control to trustees. The market was eventually sold to Babergh District Council in the late 20th century.
Hadleigh was one of the East Anglian towns that derived its prosperity from its wool and cloth industries. It has a 15th century timber-framed Guildhall and many fine examples of timber and brick listed buildings, some with highly detailed 17th century plasterwork or "pargeting". Most of these buildings can be found in the High Street, Angel Street, Benton Street and the immediately surrounding area.
The town has a total of 246 listed buildings. The Georgian East House, on George Street, has been designated an Grade II listed building since 26 April 1950. In March 2013 plans by Babergh District Council to redevelop the site and build houses on the land behind were withdrawn after strong local protest. The property was once used for a range of community events and activities. Opponents of the plan had argued that the adjacent land had been used as a village green for the last 20 years.
Originating in the 14th century, the Grade II* listed Toppesfield Bridge, over the River Brett, is the oldest in the county still carrying vehicles. It was widened in 1812.
The Anglican church of St Mary the Virgin is an active parish church in the archdeaconry of Ipswich in the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich. Its earliest parts date from medieval times. On 26 April 1950 the church was designated a Grade I listed building by English Heritage. The Grade I designation is the highest of the three grades and is for buildings that are "of exceptional interest, sometimes considered to be internationally important.”
Like its near neighbour, East Bergholt, Hadleigh was known during the 16th century for its Protestant radicalism. Rowland Taylor, a preacher from the town, and his curate, Richard Yeoman, were martyred during the reign of Queen Mary I. The Oxford Movement was said to have been founded in 1833 following a meeting in the deanery.
The annual Hadleigh Show, first held in 1840 and also known as 'the May Show', is one of the oldest one-day agricultural shows in East Anglia. Organised by the Hadleigh Farmers' Agricultural Association, the show enjoyed 12,500 visitors in 2013.
Benton End House, a Grade II* listed building on Benton Street, was originally a large medieval farmhouse. From 1940 it was the home of Sir Cedric Morris, artist and plantsman, who formed the East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing there. Students included Lucian Freud and Maggi Hambling.
Sport and leisure
Suffolk is home to several manufacturers, including Jim Lawrence Handcrafted Home Furnishings, and the Hadleigh Maid chocolate company. Since 2009 Hadleigh has been the home of the Hellhound microbrewery
The Brett Works site, off Pound Lane, was for some years the home of Brett Valley Joinery and was later allocated by Babergh District Council as a potential site for a new foodstore. Supermarket giant Tesco has made a number of controversial proposals for the building of a store in the town. Their latest proposal, for development of the Pound Lane site, was rejected by the council in July 2011. The proposal was rejected again in September 2013 
- Patrick Newell, the British actor who played spy-master "Mother" in the television series The Avengers, was born in Hadleigh.
- The town is the home of English poet and author Pauline Stainer.
- British extreme metal band Cradle of Filth were formed in Hadleigh.
- The artist Maggi Hambling was raised in Hadleigh and has one of her paintings displayed in St Mary's Church.
- The Guardian's architecture critic, journalist Jonathan Glancey, lives in Hadleigh.
- Caryn Franklin, the fashion designer, also lives in Hadleigh.
- Oswald Gayford, world record holder for long distance flying, in 1927, 1933 and 1938, was from Hadleigh.
- Russell Swallow of folk duo Swallow and the Wolf was born in Hadleigh 
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- "Hadleigh United". Thurlow Nunn League. Retrieved 30 March 2013.
- "Welcome To Hadleigh Bowling Club Website". hadleighbowlsclub.com. Retrieved 30 March 2013.
- "Hadleigh Cricket Club – 213 not out". hadleigh.cricketclubwebsite.co.uk. Retrieved 30 March 2013.
- Holden, Julie. "Is this Suffolk's sexiest place to stay?". Suffolk Magazine. Archant. Retrieved 30 March 2013.
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- Harris, Chris (7 January 2012). "Hadleigh: Tesco still wants a new store in town". East Anglian Daily Times. Archant. Retrieved 30 March 2013.
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- "Patrick Newell". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 30 March 2013.
- "Pauline Stainer – Author". bloodaxebooks.com. Retrieved 30 March 2013.
- "Suffolk tourist board embarrassed after metal band Cradle of Filth voted county's greatest icon". The Daily Telegraph (London). 5 January 2011. Retrieved 30 March 2013.
- Bredin, Lucinda (18 May 2002). "Maggi Hambling – A matter of life and death". guardian.co.uk (London). Retrieved 30 March 2013.
- Glancey, Jonathan (2 November 2007). "Food directory: Jonathan Glancey on organic shops and delis". guardian.co.uk (London). Retrieved 30 March 2013.
- "My Home: Caryn Franklin, TV presenter". The Independent (London). Retrieved 30 March 2013.
- Withers, Alison (28 February 2003). "Suffolk flight anniversary this year". East Anglian Daily Times. Retrieved 30 March 2013.
- "Russell Swallow and the Wolf (Interview)". YouTube. 4 March 2013. Retrieved 9 December 2013.
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- Hadleigh Town Council website
- Hadleigh Chamber of Commerce
- Babergh District Council
- Hadleigh Tennis Club
- Hadleigh Cricket Club
- Hadleigh Bridge Club
- "East Anglian Film Archive: "Hadleigh" search results – eafa.org.uk". Retrieved 1 May 2012.