The Sudbury Society was born in 1973 at a time when Sudbury was undergoing great changes – many houses and other buildings in the heart of the town were being pulled down to make way for new roads and car parks whilst residential and housing estates were spreading to the east of the town.
In 1963 local people were successful in saving the fine Corn Exchange from demolition but in 1973 failed to save Inkerman Terrace, a significant row of Victorian weavers’ cottages. This established the need for a society to coordinate such action and so the Sudbury Society was born, taking the image of the Corn Exchange as its logo. Now housing the town Library and Tourist Information Centre, the Society has installed display panels to plot the history of the building, the creation of the Society and a digital screen showing fascinating postcards from Sudbury’s past.
Although initially formed to resist change in the town, the Society is now much more forward looking. Our Planning Group examines all new planning applications and follows a policy of constructive engagement with the Babergh District Council planners, often arguing for modifications to an application rather than outright rejection. We have also been successful in heightening awareness of the many significant unlisted buildings in the town, persuading Babergh to put them on a Local List and to extend the Conservation Area to include a number of clusters.
Our ‘Visions of Sudbury’ initiative has continued this ‘celebratory’ theme, encouraging local adults and schoolchildren to take the attractive townscape as a source of inspiration for their art work. Meanwhile the ‘Alan Phillips Awards’ scheme, held every three years, seeks to encourage and reward high standards of architecture and design in the town.
Details of current committee members are listed in our ‘Contact’ section.