Photo from Glemsford

4 ancient pubs

1 putative ex pub

Ancient pubs are defined as those which are believed to have closed before the middle of the 19th century.

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Population (2011) of Glemsford: 3382.

Local licensing authority for Glemsford is Babergh.

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About Glemsford

Glemsford is a large hilltop village, which has the feel of a small industrial town. It's made up of mainly modern housing and a few buildings of more note. The village was recorded in Domesday as "Clamesforda" or "Clamesford". Until the 1940s, it was the smallest Urban District Council in the country. It's been suggested that it may originally be an Iberian settlement. The village is sometimes known as "Little Egypt".

Glemsford appears on John Speed's 1610 map as "Glemysforde".

The village reputedly used to have 14 pubs, though in 1905 there were 11:

At Long Melford licensing sessions the chairman said to a Glemsford licence holder" I see there are eleven places in Glemsford, its nearly enough" the licensee said "could do with one or two more" (laughter).Haverhill Echo**, February 11th 1905

It is recorded that when the Greyhound closed in 1907 a coffin was ceremonially carried to the churchyard after closing time and "free beer was liberally consumed".

The Kings Head at Fenstead End may also be historically be listed in Glemsford though it is now in Boxted.

In 1865 a horsehair processing factory was owned and run by H. Kolle & Son who also then also manufactured coconut mats & matting. Reputedly the largest carpet in the world, made of coconut matting for the floor of Olympia in 1906 (63,000 square feet) was made in the village. By 1922 coconut matting was being made by J. Holdsworth & Co, hair cloth was made by Andrew Arnold & Co and Samuel Laycock & Sons and matting by Charles B. Smith and Joseph Tomkins & sons. The last horsehair processing factory in the country was in a 19th century building in Bells Lane (now residential).

Glemsford Station was on the Stour Valley Railway, which ran from Shelford (near Cambridge) and Marks Tey. (The stretch between Sudbury and Marks Tey still runs). The station opened in August 1865 and closed in March 1967.

A local silk mill supplied the material for Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation dress and various other outfits for royal weddings.

A new village sign was erected late in 2009.


Some historical information from English Heritage's National Monuments Record
** report reproduced with kind permission from Foxearth & District Local History Society