Sudbury – A town for living and investing
Where is it
Sudbury is a small market town in Suffolk of some 13,000 inhabitants although the village and conurbation of Great Cornard to which it is conjoined lifts the total population to some 21,000. Situated on the banks of the river Stour, it was in past centuries a port as the river was once navigable to the sea. The town is very picturesque and boasts in excess of 200 listed buildings dating over several centuries. It is a delightful place to live, work or commute from and as such is an attractive proposition for those who wish to live there and also for property investors.
A Brief History
Sudbury has a long and distinguished history dating back to 799AD but it became a rich town in the middle ages as a centre for wool and weaving and, although the industry declined in the 17th century, there is still a silk weaving factory in the town. Many families from the area emigrated during the 1600s and people from the area were amongst the founding fathers of America.
The town was also the birthplace of Thomas Gainsborough the painter and John Constable lived nearby too. He made famous the Stour Valley with his pictures of rural England in the 18th century.
Sudbury boasts several large industrial parks housing a wide range of different businesses so there is currently plenty of employment in the area.
What’s to do?
There is a vast array of social and cultural facilities. Sport is well represented with football, rugby and rowing in particular being popular. A theatre is situated in a previously disused industrial building by the old river port, there are rivers trips by steam launch and numerous cycle and walking routes. The water meadows provide a large leisure facility available to all and a haven for dog walkers.
The Gainsborough Museum, which even houses some original Gainsborough paintings, is a particular attraction and draws visitors from around the world.
Perhaps Sudbury’s trump card is that it managed to retain its railway station during the 1960s purge. The branch line runs from the centre of the town to Marks Tey near Colchester where a quick change onto the main line puts London’s Liverpool Street less than an hour away. Thus Sudbury has developed as a commuter area as well as a thriving market town. This of course is excellent news for any property purchaser whether investor or owner occupier.
Where to visit
Should one run out of activities in Sudbury, the town is situated within easy distance of Colchester, Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds whilst Cambridge is just over a hour away. All of these towns have their attractions but a few worthy of mention include Colchester Zoo, League football grounds at Ipswich, Colchester and Cambridge, the waterside area at Ipswich Docks and the multiple attractions of Cambridge.
Long Melford some 4 miles away boasts numerous art galleries, antique shops and independent retailers. Historic places of interest nearby include Hedingham Castle, Clare Castle and Country Park, Melford Hall and Kentwell Hall.
Road access is good with Stansted Airport being about 30 miles away and at the junction with the M11, putting London by road at 70 miles. The town is well served by buses to both Colchester, Ipswich and Bury St.Edmunds in addition to other outlying areas.
What else do I need to know
Sudbury and Great Cornard offer a wide range of schools through nursery, primary and upper and there is an Academy rated as ‘good’ by Ofsted.
There are Universities in Cambridge, Ipswich and Colchester and also many other facilities such as language schools in these larger towns. West Suffolk College at Bury St. Edmunds is also a highly rated educational establishment.
Eating out and social life in general is well covered in Sudbury and the surrounding area and there are numerous pubs, restaurants, gastro-pubs and coffee shops. There is a large leisure centre with a swimming pool, theatre, regular classical concerts and exhibitions in St. Peters Church and even an annual pop music festival staged nearby at Melford Hall.
Sudbury is at the centre of a vibrant local economy and is an increasingly popular place to live and invest. Talk to us at CXG if you would like to live in the area, either as an owner occupier or as a tenant. If your ambitions are to invest in property in Sudbury or the surrounding area then we can help you find your perfect investment opportunity.
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