The Hadleigh Society
was formed in 1982 by local people to encourage an interest in the history,
environment and future of our town. The following are extracts from our
The Hadleigh Society was formed in 1982 by local people to encourage an interest in the history, environment and future of our town.
To raise public awareness of the rich history and heritage of Hadleigh and its surrounding area.
To actively support the promotion of high standards in planning, conservation, regeneration and development of features within the Hadleigh district deemed to be of historical or environmental significance.
To contribute to the preservation and protection of Hadleigh’s historical documents, artefacts and buildings.
The Hadleigh Society realises these aims by:
arranging meetings, lectures and visits;
the publication and distribution of regular newsletter and occasional papers and reports;
liaising with local authorities and planning, heritage and other relevant committees;
maintaining close links with the town archive;
active involvement in relevant debates/activities/organisations with the potential to protect and enhance Hadleigh’s heritage and environment;
supporting and disseminating research into aspects of Hadleigh’s history and heritage;
responding to requests for historical information from the public and also from organisations;
maintaining links with other historical & heritage societies.
Membership is open to all who are interested in actively furthering the purposes of the
The Society holds 5 or 6
a year with speakers on subjects usually of environmental or historic interest,
and an Annual General Meeting. You might be interested to see a list of
our events over the past few years.
Visits are arranged to places of interest, and to
neighbouring amenity societies.
Members are kept in touch by a free
newsletter published about six times a year. We also
publish the Society's activities on this Website.
There are specialised groups that interested members may join.
The History Group meets to explore the past of our town. They
have looked at the history of individual houses, made a study of life in
Hadleigh in the 1840s, 1871 and 1881, publishing a booklet on the latter.
They have studied the history of the Town's charities and researched the life of the town in the Great War.
Members meet regularly to discuss matters affecting our
environment and monitor planning applications on behalf of the Society. Much
thought and effort is spent in considering the impact of
From time to time the Society presents its
Noel Turner Award
in recognition of Outstanding improvements to, or conservation of, Hadleigh’s
buildings or environment