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Closed brewery (post-1970)

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Population (2011) of Butley: 383.

Local licensing authority for Butley is East Suffolk.

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About Butley

Butley is a small village at the head of the Butley river, surrounded by woodland. It was recorded in Domesday as "Butelai" or "Butelea". Nearby Barrow Hill was the site of a middle Saxon settlement and cemetery. The priory was once very important but little now survives except for a 14th century gateway.

Before the silting up of the estuary, Butley was a major port. There have been oyster beds in Butley Creek for over 1000 years, though they petered out a few centuries ago, but were re-established in the middle of the 20th century.

A variety of finds near the Orford Road indicate the existence of a Mediaeval settlement, thought to date from about 1300.


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