As pubs across the county are starting to reopen, we're trying to collate a comprehensive list of those that have reopened or are close to it. Our list can be found on this page.
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.
Please tell us if you know of any pubs here which have reopened after lockdown.
Great Thurlow is a large, quiet village to the north of Haverhill, recorded in Domesday (along with Little Thurlow) as "Tridlauua", "Tritlawa" or "Thrillauura". It appears on John Speed's 1610 map as "Thurlow mag".
The River Stour rises near Weston Colville, just a few miles away and flows for 80 miles to Harwich.
Great Thurlow Hall dates from the 18th century. An old smock mill stands off the Withersfield Road; it probably dates from 1807 and worked until 1937 (using steam from 1915). St James Hospital was founded by Richard II in 1398; it was dissolved in 1414 and no remains are believed to remain.
The 1841 census lists Robert Farrow as a beer seller in Thurlow Street. (Head/70y/born Suffolk).
The 1844 White's Directory lists Robert Farrow as a beer house keeper.
The 1891-92 White's Directory lists Frederick Deeks as a beer house keeper (also listed as a brick layer).
The 1911 census lists Jane Wootten as a brewer, innkeeper & maltster, Melton House, (Head/Widow/75/born Melton Mobray, Leicestershire), with Frederick Wootten as manager of brewery, (Son/Single/37/born Great Thurlow). Melton House is on Withersfield Rd. to the west of the village…
Some historical information from English Heritage's National Monuments Record.