Needham Market

Needham Market

Hawks Mill, Needham Market now converted into flats
Needham Market
 Needham Market shown within Suffolk
Population 4,528 (2011 Census)[1]
OS grid referenceTM090548
DistrictMid Suffolk
Shire countySuffolk
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post town IPSWICH
Postcode district IP6
Dialling code 01449
Police Suffolk
Fire Suffolk
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK ParliamentBury St Edmunds
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Coordinates: 52°09′06″N 1°03′22″E / 52.1518°N 1.0561°E / 52.1518; 1.0561

Needham Market is a town in Suffolk, England. The town of Needham, Massachusetts was named after Needham Market.[2]


It initially grew around the wool combing industry, until the onset of the plague, which swept the town from 1663 to 1665. To prevent the spread of the disease, the town was chained at either end, which succeeded in its task but at the cost of two-thirds of the populace. The town did not recover for nearly two hundred years, with the canalisation of the River Gipping in the late 18th Century and the introduction of the railway. Modern Needham Market contains two road names that are linked to the plague. Chainhouse Road, named after the chains that ran across the East end of the town. The Causeway, is a modern variation of 'the corpseway' so called because of the route that plague victims were transported out of town, to neighbouring Barking church for interment.

The village contains many businesses; a post office and stationers, hairdressers, Bretts Bakery, Smiths Butchers, Pauls Hardware shop and many more.

Notable buildings

Notable Buildings in the town include:

Sport and leisure

Needham Market has a Non-League football club Needham Market F.C. who play at Bloomfields, they have been very successful over recent years after reaching the semi-finals of the FA Vase.[3]

Needham Lake (a former gravel pit) provides leisure facilities and a wildlife habitat.[4]


The East Anglia Main Line railway runs through the town, with Needham Market railway station providing trains to Ipswich and Cambridge. The A14 (although then the A45) once ran directly through Needham Market, but a bypass was built in the 1970s. This has left the town with good road links to the surrounding area, but with less traffic than before.

Notable people

Notable people from Needham include:


  1. "Town Population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  2. Rosenberg, Chaim M.; The Needham Historical Society (2012). Knitters of Needham. Arcadia. p. 17. ISBN 9780738591094.
  3. "Club History - Needham Market Football Club". Retrieved 2012-08-08.
  4. "Needham Lake". Mid Suffolk District Council. Retrieved 4 January 2013.
  5. "Baroness Scott of Needham Market | People". Retrieved 2012-08-08.

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