Audio Walk in Harleston

The walk takes you around the town centre where there are about a hundred shops, the vast majority being independent traders which combined with free parking, makes Harleston so busy.

There are close to two hundred very old buildings and it is often said that if stripped of their later facades, Harleston would resemble Lavenham. The centre of Harleston was once a vast open market and the stalls in the middle gradually became permanent shops and houses, creating the shape of a box-iron, known now as ‘the heater.’ The audio tour explores the history of the town and features some wonderful characters who all love Harleston with a passion, including Sid Taylor who has planted over three thousand trees in the town.

There is a map which shows the route of tour, and may help with your directions.

01 – Bullock Fair Close

Play Audio. A good place to start your ‘walk’ is before you get out of the car. Meaning you listen as you have parked your car, to get into the mood. Well, Harleston is a good place for this because car parking is free and ... read more

02 – Union Street

02 – Union Street

Play Audio. The walk starts in Union Street. It becomes apparent that we are standing in an island of houses in the middle of a larger space, itself surrounded by buildings. It turns out that the outer buildings are older than the ones read more

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