IP14 (Stowmarket) area guide

IP14
Stowmarket
The IP14 postcode district lies within or includes part of the following towns, counties, localities, electoral wards and stations: Ashfield, Aspall, Aspall Green, Bacton, Bacton and Old Newton, Badley, Badwell Ash, Battisford, Battisford Tye, Brett Vale, Brockford, Brockford Green, Buxhall, Combs, Cotton, Dagworth, Debenham, Earl Stonham, Finningham, Forward Green, Framsden, Gipping, Great Finborough, Harleston, Haughley, Haughley and Wetherden, Haughley Green, Helmingham, Helmingham and Coddenham, Kenton, Little Finborough, Little Stonham, Mendlesham, Mendlesham Green, Mickfield, Middlewood Green, Needham Market, Old Newton, Onehouse, Pettaugh, Rattlesden, Rickinghall and Walsham, Ringshall, Shelland, Stonham, Stonham Aspal, Stowmarket, Stowmarket Central, Stowmarket North, Stowmarket South, Stowupland, Suffolk, The Stonhams, Westhorpe, Wetherden, Wetheringsett, Winston, Winston Green, Worlingworth, Wyverstone.
Stowmarket is a small market town in Suffolk. It derives its name from the Anglo-Saxon word ‘Stow’ meaning ‘principal place’. In 1347, Edward III granted Stowmarket a market charter. Today the town still holds a market twice a week on Thursdays and Saturdays.

Near the centre of Stowmarket, is the Museum of East Anglian Life. It occupies 75 acres of land and many old buildings. One of the most notable buildings on the site is a 19th century wind pump. The Eastbridge Windpump was used to prevent flooding and enabled farming on the land. Recently, the Heritage Lottery Fund granted the museum £1.7 million to create a new museum entrance and restore Abbots Hall.

On 11th August 1871, the local gun cotton factory exploded, taking twenty eight lives. This is one of the town’s most tragic events.

St. Mary’s Church in Badley IP14 dates back to the 1200s. Today it is a redundant Anglican church, mostly made of flint and brick rubble with a tiled roof.
Today, IP14 has a population of about 35,000. The housing stock in the area is quite varied, though the most common types are detached and semi-detached.

Some of the more expensive streets to live on in IP14 include Potash Road, Valley Road and Town Lane. All have average house prices of around £600,000.

Some examples of more affordable streets in IP14 include Jackdaw Close, Lydgate Road and Thompson Close, where properties can be bought for around £75,000 or less.
Stow-Fest is a local music festival that attracts a wide variety of visitors and showcases a number of local bands. It is part of the larger Stowmarket Festival, which runs for 10-days in the spring time of every year. The festival hosts a range of events and activities suitable for all ages.

Founded in 1883, Stowmarket Town Football Club, also called “Stow” or “Gold ‘n’ Blacks”, competes in Division One of the Eastern Counties League. The team has won many honours over the years; the last cup won by Stow was the Suffolk Senior Cup in the 2006-2007season. One can watch the club play at their home field of Greens Meadow.

The railway station serving IP14 is the Stowmarket Railway Station. It is on the National Express line travelling from London Liverpool Street to Norwich.