Hadleigh Church Heritage

St James Church Heritage


St James the Less church in Hadleigh is a grade 1 listed Saxon church with a Norman chancel built in the centre of Hadleigh. In 2016, the Friends of Hadleigh Church (St James the Less) were fortunate in receiving Lottery funding towards a project to share Hadleigh’s heritage with the wider community through exploring the lives of the important people who are buried in the churchyard.

An information pack was produced to be made available to local schools and other local organisations which summarized the period by period history of Hadleigh to give a background setting for the lives of the most important people buried in the churchyard. This was illustrated by a local timeline.

Those people’s stories were told in “Grave Revelations” which along with the history of local military figures with memorials in the churchyard will be available publically through Hadleigh Library.

This article is designed to be a door to information collected from the research for the project.

Various talks were held in St James and, in time, links will be provided from this page to relevant information once available:

Victorian Hadleigh (Bob Delderfield)

January 2017:  Norman and Saxon Times (Reverend David Childs)

March 2017: The Salvation Army (Graham Cook)

Education (Sandra Harvey  based on information from Chris Worpole)

Church coffee mornings allowed residents both to see relevant exhibitions and give an opportunity to discuss their own lives and times in Hadleigh.

The talks and coffee mornings proved very successful with over about 70 people at any one time.

Combining with local historians and authors, the Hadleigh & Thundersley Community Archive and AGES AHA, the local archaeological and historical club, we hope that we have informed local residents and encouraged an ever increasing enthusiasm for local heritage.

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