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Hadleigh (Essex)

Hadleigh is a small town in Essex, a little to the West of Leigh, and now practically a suburb of Southend.

The suffix "leigh" indicates that it was a clearing in the extensive forest that once covered almost all of Essex. Similar names within a few miles are Hockley, Rayleigh and Thundersley.

Hadleigh is best known for Hadleigh Castle, the ruins of which stand in a commanding position overlooking the estuary of the River Thames and across to Kent. The castle was originally built in the 13th century, and was the home of a number of Queens. It was immortalised in a famous painting by John Constable.

The Norman St. James the Less Church has a very early depiction of Thomas a Becket.

Cunning Murrell, the most feared of the Essex cunning men, lived at Hadleigh.

Blue Badge Guide Colin Crosby is available to lead Guided Walks around Hadleigh (Essex) for groups.

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Places in Hadleigh (Essex)

Hadleigh Castle, Hadleigh Country Park, St. James the Less Church

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