Stradbroke

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Stradbroke
Allsaintstradbroke.jpg
Church of All Saints, Stradbroke
Stradbroke is located in Suffolk
Stradbroke
Stradbroke
Location within Suffolk
Area15.35 km2 (5.93 sq mi)
Population1,408 (2011)[1]
• Density92/km2 (240/sq mi)
OS grid referenceTM231739
District
Shire county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townEye
Postcode districtIP21
Dialling code01379
PoliceSuffolk
FireSuffolk
AmbulanceEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
England
Suffolk
52°19′05″N 1°16′26″E / 52.318°N 1.274°E / 52.318; 1.274Coordinates: 52°19′05″N 1°16′26″E / 52.318°N 1.274°E / 52.318; 1.274

Stradbroke (/ˈstrædbrʊk/ STRAD-brook)[2] 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.

Heritage[edit]

The opening of Stradbroke Primary School on 28 October 1864.

The village was listed in the Domesday Book of 1096 as being in the Bishop's Hundred,[3] 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.[4]

In October 2014 the state primary school marked the 150th anniversary of its predecessor's opening on 28 September 1864.[5]

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.[6]

Amenities[edit]

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.[7] Library staff work on both the post office and library counters.[8] 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.

Communications[edit]

Stradbroke lies midway between Norwich and Ipswich on the B1117 and B1118 secondary roads. It is a short driving distance from the coastal towns of Southwold and Aldeburgh.

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.

Notable people[edit]

In birth order:

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Stradbroke report - Nomis - Official Labour Market Statistics". www.nomisweb.co.uk. Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  2. ^ G.M. Miller, BBC Pronouncing Dictionary of British Names (London: Oxford UP, 1971), p. 142.
  3. ^ Open Domesday: Stradbroke, accessed February 2020.
  4. ^ a b Stradbroke All Saints', Suffolk Churches Website. Retrieved 2013-02-05.
  5. ^ "Clocks turned back in 150 years celebration at Stradbroke Primary School". Diss Express. Johnson Press. Retrieved 4 October 2014.
  6. ^ "Final Navy Day Photo Album". Stadbroke Village Website. Retrieved 20 June 2014.
  7. ^ "Post Office returns to Stradbroke two years after closing". Diss Express. Retrieved 20 October 2014.
  8. ^ "Stradbroke Library Post Office is open!". Suffolk Libraries. Archived from the original on 2 November 2014. Retrieved 20 October 2014.

References[edit]

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Stradbroke at Wikimedia Commons