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Hadleigh Revisted Exhibition conjures up town memories across the decades





A showpiece charting the changing face of Hadleigh over the course of several decades proved a hit with visitors.

Hadleigh Revisited featured more than 200 photographs – collated from a vast collection held in the town council’s archives – of people, events, shops, transport and schools down the years.

The images, many of which had been donated or loaned by residents, captured bygone eras from as long ago as the 19th century.

Infant school pupils at the National School at the Guildhall - April 1896
Infant school pupils at the National School at the Guildhall - April 1896

Organised by Hadleigh Archive Group, the exhibition, which also featured artefacts, was visited by around 250 people.

It was staged in the Guildroom at Hadleigh Town Hall last weekend.

Archive group member Jan Byrne said: “People stayed for hours.

Hadleigh Archive Group - Roger Kennell, Jan Byrne, Mark Lawrence, Margaret Woods, Mayor Gordon McLeod, Jan McNelly and Sue Angland. Pictures Mecha Morton
Hadleigh Archive Group - Roger Kennell, Jan Byrne, Mark Lawrence, Margaret Woods, Mayor Gordon McLeod, Jan McNelly and Sue Angland. Pictures Mecha Morton

"It got people talking about the history of the town, which was great as that was our aim.

“The archives group has worked over many years cataloguing and also translating medieval documents relating to the town.”

A steam locomotive at Hadleigh station
A steam locomotive at Hadleigh station
Archive group member Sue Angland with Mayor Gordon McLeod
Archive group member Sue Angland with Mayor Gordon McLeod
Roger and Sonia White view the photographs
Roger and Sonia White view the photographs
A town charter
A town charter
A prize ticket
A prize ticket
An old shop sign
An old shop sign
Hadleigh train station sign
Hadleigh train station sign
Archive group member Jan Byrne
Archive group member Jan Byrne
A delivery bike
A delivery bike

The Archives Group say more exhibitions are planned.