Church of All Saints, Stradbroke
|Area||15.35 km2 (5.93 sq mi)|
|• Density||92/km2 (240/sq mi)|
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Ambulance||East of England|
Stradbroke (// STRAD-brook) is an English village in the Mid Suffolk district of the county of Suffolk. The Census of 2011 gave Stradbroke parish a population of 1,408, with an estimate of 1,513 in 2018.
The village was listed in the Domesday Book of 1096 as being in the Bishop's Hundred, which was later renamed Hoxne Hundred. During the Middle Ages and in local documents as late as the early 19th century, the name of the village was sometimes spelt Stradbrook.
A prominent medieval philosopher Robert Grosseteste, also Bishop of Lincoln, was born in Stradbroke in about 1175. Its parish church of All Saints, with a 15th-century tower and a raised stair turret, dominates the village as a local landmark.
In October 2014 the state primary school marked the 150th anniversary of its predecessor's opening on 28 September 1864.
The village used to host a Navy Day on the last Saturday in July. This mourned the end of the Royal Navy's rum ration in July 1970, and as part of the celebrations a tot of rum was taken in procession round the village. The last such Navy Day was held in 2007.
Stradbroke's position as a centre for many smaller villages and hamlets means has more facilities than its population might suggest. It serves as a centre for education for Mid Suffolk. There is a primary school and a high school in the village.
There are two pubs, several shops, and other local services that include a public library, a community centre, a swimming pool and a gym. It has a playing field for cricket and football, three tennis courts and two bowling greens. There is also a fitness track. The village includes some 12 miles of public footpaths, maintained by local government twice or three times a year. Near the community centre there is a doctor's surgery 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 reopened in 2014 in the local library, housed in the historic courthouse building. The previous post office in a shop had closed. Library staff work on both the post office and library counters. The village shop was refurbished in 2014. There is also a bakery, a butcher's shop, a wedding shop, and an antiques centre and cafe.
In 2012 a six-acre field was purchased on Drapers Hill and 28 allotment gardens created, together with a community orchard and wild flower meadow. A pond was donated at the top of the site, overlooked by donated public seats. There are views of the Church towards the centre of the village.
Stradbroke has a free magazine: The Stradbroke Monthly. It also has an online community radio station, Radio Stradbroke. It has held a now-annual "Stradisphere Music Festival" since 2014, which works in partnership with charities such as Help For Heroes and music-related charities in Suffolk and Norfolk.
Stradbroke is 7 miles/11.3 km from the small Suffolk town of Eye and 9 miles/14.5 km from the larger Norfolk market town of Diss, which is an hour and a half by train from London. There are bus services linking Stradbroke to surrounding towns.
In birth order:
- Robert Grosseteste (c. 1175–1253), scholar and Bishop of Lincoln, was born in Stradbroke.
- Mary Matilda Betham (1776–1852), diarist, poet and miniature painter, was born in Stradbroke.
- William Betham (1779–1853), antiquarian, brother of Mary Matilda, was born in Stradbroke.
- J. C. Ryle (1816–1900) became Vicar of Stradbroke in 1861, launching a restoration of the church in the 1870s. He served later as Bishop of Liverpool.
- Herbert Edward Ryle (1856–1925), son of J. C. Ryle, was brought up in Stradbroke. He served successively as Bishop of Exeter, Bishop of Winchester and Dean of Westminster.
- "Stradbroke report - Nomis - Official Labour Market Statistics". www.nomisweb.co.uk. Retrieved 30 May 2020.
- G.M. Miller, BBC Pronouncing Dictionary of British Names (London: Oxford UP, 1971), p. 142.
- Open Domesday: Stradbroke, accessed February 2020.
- 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. Archived from the original on 2 November 2014. Retrieved 20 October 2014.
- S. Govier, 2010, An Illustrated History of Stradbroke and Denham [publisher missing]
- Media related to Stradbroke at Wikimedia Commons