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.


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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.…