Hidden Gardens of Hadleigh 2019
Gardens & More
As well as 35 gardens to visit in Hidden Gardens, Hadleigh has a lively High Street with a range of interesting local shops (for some of these, see our Sponsors page.) Most of these are in Grade 2 listed buildings, some with fine examples of East Anglian pargetting. St Mary's Church reflects the success of Hadleigh's mediaeval wool trade, and there were visits to the Deanery Tower next to the church at selected times. The timber-framed Guildhall nearby is Grade 1 listed, and traces its history back to the 15th Century. There is a very fine cricket pitch, and a circular walk with a fine mediaeval bridge across the River Brett. Lunches and teas were available in the Church, and refreshments in some of the gardens, as well as in the pubs, coffee shops, and restaurants in the town. So there was much to see and do as well as visit the gardens.
The gardens themselves comprise a wide range of sizes and styles. There were hidden gardens behind historic buildings, larger gardens leading down to the river Brett, and more recent gardens among the houses that have grown up around the historic town centre. Some gardens are mature and well-established, others have been more recently laid out. And there were several gardens which were new in the programme this year.