The Town of Halesworth in Suffolk

Halesworth Suffolk Holidays

A visitors guide to the Suffolk Market Town of Halesworth, which sits prettily in the curl of the River Blyth with a winding thoroughfare that is traffic free.

Halesworth lies in North East Suffolk and has buildings that date from the Middle Ages as well as from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. There is a good selection of shops and a number of pubs/inns and restaurants.

Halesworth used to grow hemp for sails and ropes for the Royal Navy, in the town centre by the shops is an archway where the old flax and hemp works buildings used to be. The market town has an official town trail giving details of the history of some of the buildings that you will see on your walk, this includes details about Steeple End where there are a row of quaint almshouses.

The Suffolk Heritage Coastline is less than 8 miles (12km) away with seaside locations such as Southwold and Walberswick to visit.

Halesworth Golf Club has 10 bay driving range, chipping and putting greens, 27 holes, an 18 hole championship course and a 9 hole academy course, non members are made very welcome in the clubhouse where one can enjoy a drink or a meal.

The Angel Hotel was an ancient coaching inn and it was here that the court and council meetings used to take place. Hooker House was formerly known as Brewery House, this 19th century house has been reduced in size over the years, gradually losing its once magnificent garden. Sir William Hooker, botanist and maltster, lived here with his son Joseph. 

They were consecutive directors of the famous Kew Gardens in London, with Sir William being the very first director. Joseph Hooker travelled and worked as a surgeon and botanist on a voyage from Antarctica to the Himalayas.  He was a great friend of Charles Darwin and his work on the distribution of plants seems to be in support of Darwin's theories. He is said to have encouraged and supported Darwin when he wrote 'The Origin of Species'.
For Norfolk or Suffolk Self Catering - Click the Self Catering or Accommodations Link.s. Chediston Street - ghost of Squire Baker is reputed to haunt this street it was also the place of a Victorian murder. P.C. Ebenezer Tye was murdered here in 1862 by John Ducker. Ducker was caught tried and sentenced to death he was the last person to be publicly hanged in Suffolk in 1863.

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