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Halesworth Town Trail: Chediston Street

Halesworth Town Trail

Chediston Street

Chediston Street was, in the first half of the 19th century, where Hemp Manufacturer James Aldred became the biggest employer in the town. The street was sometimes known as 'Cherry Bow' and originally the site of many pubs, beerhouses and small breweries. The ghost of Squire Baker is reputed to haunt this street. He is renowned for throwing the vicar down the stairs, breaking his legs. There is also a heavy-footed ghost that walks into a house and clumps noisily through to the other side.

The Victorian grave of PC Ebenezer Tye
The Victorian grave of PC Ebenezer Tye

It was along here that Victorian policeman PC Ebenezer Tye was brutally murdered in 1862. John Ducker, a resident of Chediston Street, was accused of his murder and was the last person to be publicly hanged in Suffolk, in 1863.

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