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
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.