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Important Covid information

The first tranche of pubs (those able to serve outdoors) have now reopened. The rest of our pubs will be permitted to reopen from May 17th.

Pubs providing takeaways continue to be listed on this page.

Those known to have reopened or to be planning to reopen as soon as permitted are listed on this page.

Introduction

Few churches in Suffolk posses as many monuments as Hawstead. Several of these are to the Metcalfe family, who also gave their name to the former pub. A small earthquake damaged other memorials in 1926. Queen Elizabeth I is said to have visited Hawstead Place, once owned by the Drury family, from whom Drury Lane in London takes its name.

The village sign was erected in 1994 to mark the centenary of the parish council. The three shields on the sign represent the Drurys of Hawstead Place (1464-1656), the Cullums of Hardwick House (1656-1921) and the Metcalfes of Hawstead House.

One set of almshouses (built 1610) used to stand on Bell's Lane. Another imposing almshouse building, the Metcalfe Almshouses (erected in 1811), still stand at Pound Green (see the gallery).

Hawstead was recorded in Domesday as "Hersteda" or "Haldsteda". It appears on John Speed's 1610 map as "Hauſted".

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History

In 1855, White's Directory Charles Wells is listed as a shop keeper & beerseller.

Acknowledgements

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

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