Sudbury retailers

PUBLISHED: 16:54 15 March 2010 | UPDATED: 16:53 20 February 2013

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Few town centres have the charm of Sudbury's market square. Essex Life went to meet some of the retailers adding to the vibrant feel of the town

High street heroes


Few town centres have the charm of Sudburys market square. Essex Life went to meet some of the retailers adding to the vibrant feel of the town



LOCATED in the heart of the Stour Valley, Sudbury is one of the most attractive market towns in East Anglia and just a stones throw from the north Essex border. The birthplace of the famous 18th century landscape artist, Thomas Gainsborough, Sudbury boasts beautiful countryside around its charming town centre, which was no doubt an inspiration for the young artist. These features also inspired the location finders for the BBC series Lovejoy whose directors often used the area for filming.


Highlights of the town include the architecture of St Peters Church, the history of Gainsboroughs House and the drama of The Quay theatre. There is also a varied selection of restaurants and hotels to enjoy good food and escape from it all.


Business has certainly been booming for one particular pub manager, Darren Hall at the Silkworm pub in East Street, who recently received an award for posting the largest national increase in sales for pub operator the Barracuda Group. Visitors to Sudbury will also have the chance to benefit from the Sudbury Festival of Performing Arts during March.


Enjoy the history of Gainsboroughs House or drama at The Quay theatre


Featuring a thriving market which can be traced back to Saxon times, the town has been a haven for shoppers and retailers alike down the centuries thanks to its close proximity to the regions important business centres such as Cambridge, Norwich, Colchester and Chelmsford. Even today the market comes to town on Thursdays and Saturdays, adding to the vibrant mix of shopping available from the towns main retail areas of North Street and Market Hill.
And plans are in place to extend Sudburys shopping experience still further with a new retail development on the towns bus station site supported by Babergh District Council and Sudbury Town Council. There is already a commitment to encourage town centre shopping with free car-parking available. So there is all the more reason to visit some of these high street heroes Essex Life met on a tour of the town.

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