Great Cornard

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Although the government has now allowed pubs to reopen, many are still unable to do so safely, while most if not all are only able to accommodate limited numbers of customers. Many of them are still reliant on providing takeaway food and/or drinks. Some offer deliveries, while others are selling from the premises. This page lists details of those we know about.

If you can give any of our pubs some support through these difficult times by buying some takeaway food or drink, please do so. Our pubs need as much support as possible if they're going to still be there for us when the crisis is over.


Great Cornard is essentially a sprawling housing estate near to Sudbury. The village saw a near trebling in population during the 1960s when it was used for London overspill.

Cornard was recorded in Domesday as "Cornierda". It appears on John Speed's 1610 map as "Cornerd mag".

The Maldon Grey is often listed as being in Sudbury, but is (just) inside the Great Cornard boundary.

Abbas hall is an early aisled building dating from about 1250. Legend has it that a secret tunnel ran from the Highbury Barn pub to a convent at Abbas Hall.

Cornard wood, once painted by Gainsborough, is sadly no more.



In the 1844 White's Directory a beer house is listed, run by John Siggers.

The 1851 census lists John Siggers, Innkeeper, School House, Bures Road, Head/Married/47/born Bures. [the Brook?]

In 1865, James Cooper Bugg is listed as a beer retailer.

In 1891-92, White's Directory lists Hy. Oliver as a brewer (at Oliver Bros).

The 1911 census lists Henry Stanton Oliver, Brewer & Mineral Water Manufacturer, Hillside, Head/Married/61/born Bury St Edmunds.