Brief History of the Christopher Centre

The Christopher Centre is an 18th century Grade 2 Listed Building. Although the front of the building is mostly 19th century, the back of the house is older and is part brick and part timber frame.

At one point in its history it was owned by Henry and Mary Burroughs, grandparents of the artist Thomas Gainsborough. It then became an inn and being near the old entrance and exit to the town, it was appropriately named The Christopher Inn, after the Patron Saint of Travellers. Eventually it was owned by Greene King.

In November 1992 Greene King sold it to the Sudbury Common Lands Charity for £135,000. £250,000 was spent on refurbishing the building, particularly in damp-proofing and treating the old timbers.

In July 1993 it was leased to Sudbury Volunteer Centre and on the 19th October 1994 it was officially opened as The Christopher Centre with Derek Hurrell as manager. Until very recently Derek had continued his long association with the building as a Trustee.

The Christopher Centre is now a Registered Charity and a Company Limited by Guarantee run by a Board of Trustees supporting two part time Co-ordinators, Linda Adams and Kathy Lee-Rimmer, and a dedicated group of volunteers, who organise fund-raising events, staff the reception office and perform many other duties.

The Christopher Centre is a non-profit making organisation and donations are always gratefully received to help maintain this important facility for local voluntary and community groups at affordable charges.