Hadleigh can be found on the gentle slopes of the Essex/Suffolk county border, just 10 miles from Ipswich, 15 miles from Colchester and approximately 70 miles from London. At the centre of a district characterised by rural villages and historic market towns such as Lavenham, Stoke-By-Nayland and Hintlesham, Hadleigh may be one of East Anglia’s best kept secrets.
The town offers a unique blend of history, culture and rural life coupled with the convenience afforded by its proximity to several larger towns. With its excellent nearby transport links to the A12 and A14, Hadleigh has become a desirable residential location for both local families and London commuters alike.
The town first became significant during the 9th century when the Viking King Guthrum chose to settle in the heath-covered location. However, there is evidence of a 1st century Roman Villa to the east of the town as well as indications of a 5th century Saxon occupation
Hadleigh also retains much of its medieval and Tudor heritage, proudly boasting over 250 listed buildings. Most of the beautifully preserved, timber-framed structures can be found either in the town centre or along the banks of the River Brett which flows into the nearby Dedham Vale, made famous by the painter John Constable.
The character of the town is maintained by a wealth of independent shops lining the main high street. There are two medium sized supermarkets serving the town and offering one-stop-shop convenience, as well as a local farm shop stocking Suffolk produce.
Most villages in this area are fortunate to have junior schools that are very highly regarded. The senior school at Hadleigh offers places to 750 pupils aged 11-16 and is a ‘Specialist Science School’ with a strong presence in the Suffolk school league tables. Those looking for independent education for their children are spoilt by easy access to a number of acclaimed schools. These include Orwell Park which feeds the major public schools nationally, Ipswich High School for Girls, Ipswich School, Finborough School, Saint Josephs College, Amberfield School and Holmeward House near Colchester.
But for all the rustic charm Hadleigh has to offer, it is reassuring to know that fast broadband is available to all but the most outlying areas of the town.
If Hadleigh or the nearby villages sounds like they could be the perfect location for your new home, why not contact Frost and Partners today?