Hadleigh is a town in southeast Essex, England, on the A13 between Thundersley, Benfleet and Leigh-on-Sea. The area had a population of 18,300 as of the 2011 census. Hadleigh is known for its castle of the same name, and the country park that surrounds it.
The area is home to Hadleigh Castle. Most of the facing stones were stripped from the castle in the 16th century, the only bits still visible today being high inside the surviving towers and a small section of the 'gate house' Despite this the skeletal remains are pleasing to the eye and have been considered a romantic ruin for a few hundred years.
The town has a long-established football side with teams for most ages and a leisure centre. It was announced in August 2008 that Hadleigh Farm (including the area around the castle) would host the London 2012 Olympic mountain biking events.
There are no train stations in Hadleigh itself. The nearest stations are Leigh-On-Sea and Benfleet which are both on the c2c line, eventually terminating at London Fenchurch Street.
The town has strong bus links with Arriva services running through the town, connecting with Rayleigh, Shoeburyness, Basildon and towns in between. If traveling by car, the A13 runs through the town.
As of 2016 the average property price in Hadleigh is £288,396. Detached properties in the area currently average at £393,851, whilst semi-detached properties average at £282,227. Hadleigh has a mix of properties, the majority of which being bungalows and houses which are mainly privately owned and used as family homes.
Schools in Hadleigh include Westwood Primary School, Hadleigh Junior School, Hadleigh Infants and Nursery School and St Barnabas Pre School. There are also numerous nurseries in Hadleigh. Further down the road in nearby Benfleet is Seevic College which offers a range of A-Levels, BTECs, professional/vocational qualifications, apprenticeships and adult and higher education courses. All Ofsted reports and GCSE results for schools in the local area can be found online.