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Hadleigh Essex Local Information eXchange

The site aims to provide news and other information about the town of Hadleigh in the county of Essex, England.

Below: Hadleigh village sign designed by local artist David Hurrell, located on the A13 central reservation in front of the Old Fire Station.
Village sign

HADLEIGH is a small town with a population of around 9,000 located approximately 5 miles west of the seaside resort of Southend on Sea and 35 miles east of London. It is best known for the Norman, Grade 1 listed, St. James The Less Church in the centre of the town and the 13th century Hadleigh Castle, painted by Constable, which overlooks the River Thames.

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Several books have been written about Hadleigh:
~ "Hadleigh - An Essex Village" by Marion Hancock & Sandra Harvey (ISBN 0 85033 624 4). Published 1986 by Phillimore & Co. Ltd. but out of print.

~ "Hadleigh Past" by Ian Yearsley (ISBN 978-1860770784). Published 1998 by Phillimore & Co. Ltd. and in print.

~ "Hadleigh Salvation Army Farm - A Vision Reborn" by Gordon Parkhill & Graham Cook (ISBN 978-0854127764). Published 2008. This book tells the story of William Booth's arrival in Hadleigh in 1891 to start his Farm Colony and developments to the present day. Available from Hadleigh Training Centre Tea Rooms on Castle Lane or good bookshops. A second edition has recently been published.

Another book, by Hadleigh author Robert Hallmann, published in February 2009, contains some stories of local interest, including Cunning Murrell at Hadleigh Castle:
~ Essex Ghost Stories by Robert Hallmann (ISBN 978-0752448480), available locally from Copybase, aka the Craft & Copy Shop, in London Road.

[Site last updated on Wed 26 Oct 2011]

Pages updated recently:
What's On - 20 Oct 2011
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Neighbourhood Meetings - 29 Sep 2011
Organisations - 23 Aug 2011
Old News - 18 Jul 2011
Churches - 5 Jul 2011
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Links - miscellaneous - 5 Jul 2011

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