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17th and 18th Century

Sudbury survived the 16th century recession in the woollen cloth industry, partly by the exploiting the demand for newer, lighter fabrics but also because it had a diversified economy, serving as a market town for the surrounding rural area. The opening of the Stour Navigation in 1705 also gave the town trading access to the sea, helping to create the local wealth that saw many of the older timber-framed properties given a new more regular brick or stucco facade.