The Idler Bookstore


  • 37 High St, Hadleigh, IP7 5AF

  • Phone:01473 827752

Owners Bryan and Jane Haylock launched their bookshop just over 30 years ago. The Haylocks stock books that they love, and are passionate about.
Lavenham may be more familiar to many than Hadleigh, described by Betjeman (1962) as “one of the most perfect small towns in England, with trees, old red brick, flint and plaster and that unassuming beauty of East Anglia which changes to glory in sunlight”. The Idler sits at no.37 on a higgledy-piggledy High Street formed almost entirely of Grade II listed buildings which, while modernized in the 1700's still retain original timber-frame structures behind the Georgian facades.
Step inside and discover arty gift wrap and a fantastic selection of greeting cards: retro fashion via the New Yorker, wit from Ed Gorey, classic treats c/o the Bodleian Library or the contemporary prints of coastal artist, Clare Curtis.

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