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Just a few images of Hadleigh past and present. More images may be loaded onto a separate photo site, eg., at a future date. If you have any old photos of Hadleigh that you are willing to share, please get in touch with the website administrator.
[Page last updated 14 Apr 2008]
136 High Street - Possibly 18th century
136 High Street - Possibly 18th century
136 High Street is one of Hadleigh's oldest houses. It's exact age is not known though it is thought to have been built in the 18th century when it was a lodge for the first Hadleigh Hall (demolished in the 1840s). Henry Wood, one-time owner of Hadleigh Hall, spent his retirement here until he died in 1848, aged 94. He left the lodge to Henry Wood (Twin), his son by Ann Twin. The lodge was rented out and in the early 1860s was the residence of Robert Bakewell, a retired doctor. Around this time, the wife of the novelist William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863) was a visitor to the lodge and Thackeray himself sometimes came to Hadleigh. In 1869, the lodge was sold to a Mr Howard, and by 1895 it had become a butcher's shop. It was occupied by a succession of family butchers - Webster's, Upton's, Crussell's, Gallacher's and Gray's - until the early 1980s.

In 2006, CPBC gave planning permission for front and rear ground floor extensions to the building - see the "Planning decisions" page. The front extension would ruin the front elevation of what is one of Hadleigh's few remaining historic buildings. Let us hope that the current owner does not go ahead with this drastic alteration.
Webster's butchers at 136 High Street in the early 20th century.
High Street today
High Street today
High Street c.1900 - with the Castle Pub in centre
High Street c.1900 - with the Castle Pub in centre
Opening of Kingsway Cinema - April 1936
Opening of Kingsway Cinema - April 1936
St James The Less Church (view from the south)
St James The Less Church (view from the south)
Hadleigh Castle main tower
Hadleigh Castle main tower
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