Halesworth is an agricultural market town of six thousand people nestled in the valley of the Blyth River in Suffolk, England. Several prominent politicians were either born or grew up here but the town honours only one: George Lansbury, the founder and later leader of the Labour Party.

Halesworth had only the slightest influence on George Lansbury. He was born on Feb. 21 1859 in a toll keepers cottage on the Bramfield Road (at the Mells crossing) to George Lansbury and Mary Ann Ferris. His father was the timekeeper of a gang of ... (more)