The Complex is situated off
the High Street Hadleigh and adjacent to St. Mary's Church and the Deanery Tower.
It comprises a fine Grade I Listed Building of Medieval origin containing many interesting historical
and original architectural features and a Victorian Grade II Listed building which offers a finely proportioned first floor
room: The Grand Hall on the first floor with convenient dining and bar facilities below. The Management of
the Building has been in the hands of the Hadleigh Market Feoffment Charity since 1438.
In 1989 the Trusteeship of the
Charity was transferred to Hadleigh Town Council who, with considerable financial assistance from Babergh District Council,
initiated a complete renovation and improvement of facilities in order to bring several rooms back into public use.
New facilities include:
The Grand Hall, The Dining Room (with
bar and kitchen area) The Old Town Hall (with serving area) The Guildroom
(with tea making facilities) The Council Chamber and The Garden.
A lift and ramps permit direct access for the disabled to most areas.
The history of the building is of considerable interest and a "potted" version is available as a
download from the 'contacts' page of this site. The following rooms are available for hire,
and may by arrangement enjoy bar and catering services.
Please note: We do NOT
accept bookings for 18th Birthday Events
A magnificent first
floor room 33' (10m.) x 59' (18m.) x 22' (7m.) high constructed in 1851. Suitable for dancing,
music, live entertainment of various kinds, exhibitions, conferences, lectures etc., the room will accommodate up to 200 people
depending on the type of function. This room is equipped with a fully licensed bar.
THE DINING ROOM
This room situated
on the ground floor at the South end of the building directly below the Grand Hall and is 24' 6" (7.5m.) x 44'
3" (13.5m). A pleasant, carpeted room, with a maple dance floor, a fully licensed bar and modern catering
facilities. The room will accommodate up to 90 people depending on the type of function. There
is a direct access from the Dining Room to the garden area.
THE OLD TOWN HALL
An exceptionally attractive medieval room on the first floor
with a fine crown post roof and timbered floor. The dimensions are 61' (18.5m.) x 21' 6" (6.5m.)
and is suitable for exhibitions or meetings involving up to 120 people and is ideal for banquets and wedding receptions.
Attached to the Old Town Hall is a small serving area. Please note that cooking is not allowed in the serving area.
Its use is solely for the purpose of preparing and laying out foods prepared elsewhere by or on behalf of the hirers.
DRINK PROVIDED BY THE HIRER MAY ONLY BE CONSUMED IN THIS ROOM AND NOT TAKEN INTO THE GRAND HALL OR DINING ROOM.
This self-contained function area on the Ground Floor below the Old Town Hall has its principal access from the Churchyard.
Measuring 70' (22m.) x 18' (5.5m.) it is a spacious well lit room with good access for the disabled and can accommodate
up to 100 people. There is no direct access from this room to the rest of the Complex except through the Garden. The hirer
of this room is responsible for setting up prior to and clearing up at the end of a function. DRINK PROVIDED
BY THE HIRER MAY ONLY BE CONSUMED IN THIS ROOM AND NOT TAKEN INTO THE GRAND HALL OR DINING ROOM.
THE COUNCIL CHAMBER
This light and airy room on the first floor in the North-East part of the Complex has views over the Churchyard
and originally served the Town as the Assembly Room. It is 44' (13.5m.) x 18' (5.5m.) and is suitable for meetings
and small functions of up to 60 people. The room is used regularly by the Town Council for its meetings. It contains a large
five legged oak table and a small Minstrel Gallery.
THE GARDEN AREA
An enclosed Garden Area of approximately 15m. x 14m. is grassed and equipped with garden
furniture and is suitable for Bar-B-Qs, Garden Parties and informal receptions. This area can be used in
conjunction with the Guildroom or the Dining Room.
The fully licensed Bar is provided for use in conjunction with the hiring of the Grand Hall and/or Dining
Room as these two areas are designated as licensed premises. Provided due notice is given the facility
will be made available at any reasonable time. The Bar is operated privately by the Resident Licensee and
he is responsible for controlling all consumption of drinks in these two areas. The Resident Licensee is
able to advise on and supply table wine for your event and can supply liquor for events in other rooms within the Complex.
Please contact the licensee
direct on 01473 828855 to discuss and determine your bar requirements.
The Kitchen facilities will be made
available to outside registered caterers by arrangement. It is advisable that Clients intending to use
their own Caterers visit the Complex to be aware of the location and extent of the Kitchen. There is an
additional charge for the use of this facility.
ADDITIONAL FACILITIES AVAILABLE AT THE COMPLEX.
SOLEMNIZATION OF MARRIAGES
Three rooms in the Complex: The Old Town
Hall, The Dining Room and The Council Chamber, have been licensed for the purpose of the solemnization of marriages. Hirers
must make their own arrangements with the Registrar for the actual ceremony and for floral displays and music if required.
The Complex is equipped with a portable stage (maximum size 6m. x 3m.) which can be made up of metre square
units. A bank of lights
is available from an aluminium barrel grid close to the ceiling in the centre of the room and is available for hire by negotiation.
The central console has 2 positions; the main lights are also on dimmer controls.
A public address system is available for hire by prior arrangement.
Visual Aid Equipment can be hired by arrangement. Prices by negotiation.
Disabled toilets are provided adjacent to the The Grand Hall, The Dining Room and The Guildroom.
Nappy changing facilities are provided in two of these areas.
A strict No Smoking policy operates throughout the complex
After 3 months any
lost property will be given to the local Charity Shop.
There are no dedicated parking facilities available at the
Complex. The nearest public car parks are at Toppesfield Hall, High Street and Magdalen Road. Note - These car parks are controlled by Babergh
District Council and hirers are advised to familiarise themselves with the terms and conditions of use as displayed at the