- Hadleigh, Essex
infobox UK place
country = England
population = 18,300
region= East of England
constituency_westminster= Castle Point
Hadleigh is a
townin southeast Essex, England, on the A13 between Benfleetand Leigh-on-Seawith a population of about 18,300 [ [http://www.town-guides.org/tgo/essex/hadleigh/introduction-welcome_to.asp Local Town & Area Guide for Hadleigh in Essex - Town-Guides.org ] ] .
Hadleigh is probably best known for its castle, and the country park that surrounds it. The castle has been a romantic ruin for a few hundred years, but parts of two towers are still standing.
John Constablepainted Hadleigh Castlein 1829, and the painting now resides at the Yale Center for British Art. [ [http://www.abcgallery.com/C/constable/constable25.html John Constable. Hadleigh Castle. - Olga's Gallery ] ] Set at the top of a hill overlooking the Thames Estuary, it is possible to see as far as the Canary Wharfdevelopment to the west. Another building of note is St. James the LessChurch. Like the castle, this is a Norman building, but the church is still in use today. It remains picturesque despite the fact that it effectively stands in the central reservation of the A13 road.
Announced in August 2008, Hadleigh Farm (including the area around the castle) will host the London 2012 Olympic mountain biking events.
alvation Army Farm Colony
The colony was established in Hadleigh in 1891 by General Booth. He believed every human being should have food and shelter and published a plan to rescue the destitute from the squalor of London. His vision was that the poor would be given board and lodgings in a City Colony in exchange for a day’s work. They could then move to a Farm Colony where they would be trained to work the land and run their own smallholdings. Then finally they could progress to Overseas Colonies, running smallholdings abroad.
The trial City Colony was set up in
Whitechapelin 1889 and two years later Booth put down a deposit on land in Hadleigh for his Farm Colony. Starting with convert|800|acre|km2 of land, later expanding to convert|3200|acre|km2, the farm was home to 200 colonists by the end of its first year. Existing farm buildings were renovated and new dormitories, a bathhouse, laundry, reading room, hospital and religious meeting house were built. As well as farming and market gardening, colonists were taught brickmaking, pottery and construction skills. Today the colony operates an employment training centre for people who have special training needs, and accepts referrals from Social Servicesand the Employment Service. The aim is to create a realistic working environment, with the intention of helping clients gain the skills necessary for work elsewhere. Employment at the training centre – reminiscent of the colony’s origins - includes horticulture, carpentry, catering, office skills and estate management.
Local Government Act 1972, Hadleigh, along with Canvey Island, South Benfleet, and Thundersleyhas formed the parliamentary constituencyand local government districtand borough of Castle Point. As of 2008, the Member of Parliamentrepresenting Castle Point is Bob Spinkof the United Kingdom Independence Party. Hadleigh is represented within Castle Point Borough Council by six councillors of the two wards of St James and Victoria.
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