Photo from Brandon

4 Real Ale pubs

Where pubs have been renamed, we usually list only the most recent known name here. Other names can be found in the Pub list tab. (For closed pubs which only traded for a short time under a newer name, we generally list them under the longer-established name) Ancient pubs are defined as those which are believed to have closed before the middle of the 19th century.

Closed breweries (post-1970)

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Population (2011) of Brandon: 9145.

Local licensing authority for Brandon is West Suffolk.

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About Brandon

Brandon is an old Breckland town, much expanded by London overspill, lying on a crossing of the river Ouse. Unusually, Brandon still retains the same name recorded in Domesday. The centre retains many 19th century flint clad buildings, a reminder of a gun flint knapping industry that once employed over 200 people during Napoleonic wars. The flint trade in Brandon dates back at least until Palaeolithic times.

Unfortunately, the town is probably best-known for its traffic congestion. The High Street is on the main route between Newmarket and Norwich and the large amount of traffic (including large numbers of HGVs) isn't helped by the fact that the barriers at the railway station spend more time than necessary closed and frequently fail.

A moated iron age village has been excavated below the Remembrance playing fields. Brandon Country Park has woodland walks and picnic areas in 2500 acres laid out by Edward Bliss in 1820s.

There are rabbit-warrens in the sand district about Brandon, but these are neither so numerous or extensive as those on the opposite borders of Norfolk. A warren is said to make an annual return of forty thousand rabbits, twenty rabbits per acre being the usual produce.old travellers' guide

The High Street bridge over the river was built in the 1950s, when a 16th century bridge was removed.

The Lakenheath Swan is sometimes recorded as being in Brandon; boundary changes at some unknown point may have moved it from Brandon to Lakenheath.


Some historical information from English Heritage's National Monuments Record.