Lawshall is one of the most dispersed villages in Suffolk, listed in Domesday as "Lawessela". It appears on John Speed's 1610 map as "Lawſhill".
A Bronze age sword was once excavated locally and is now on display in Bury Museum. Elizabeth I visited the Hall in 1578. A neighbouring Catholic family, the Rockwoods, also invited the monarch to visit. The crown's reply was to imprison one of the family in Bury Gaol, where he subsequently died. A later member of the family was executed for involvement in the Gunpowder Plot.
The 1844 White's Directory lists ?? James, Robert ?? and Thos. ?? (wheelwright) as beer house keepers.
The 1851 census lists:
Maurie Adams, shoemaker, not shown as publican, Beer House, Head/Married/31/born Bricet.
Barzilla Armstrong, watchmaker and beerhouse keeper, Head. Married/30/born Lawshall.
The 1855 White's Directory lists Mrs Adams, John Martin, Samuel Morley, George Smith and Charles Talbott as beer house keepers.
The 1861 census lists Charles Double, Beerhouse, Head/Married/45/born Horningsheath.…