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Reopened pubs

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.

Introduction

Beccles is built on a river cliff, overlooking the Waveney valley. This attractive market town dates from the time of the Angles and unusually, is still known by the same name by which it was recorded in Domesday. At the time of Domesday, a fishing port thrived at the river mouth. Today the town is better known for printing and tourism. Admiral Horatio Nelson's father, Edmund, was once the curate at St Michael's church and was married here to Catherine Sucking (a local woman) in 1754. Unusually St Michael's has a detached tower (92 feet high) which contains 10 bells and was built in 1515. The tower has clock-faces on only three sides, because the builders "didn't want to give the time to Norfolk".

Perhaps the most significant former pupil of the John Leman Grammar School was Nobel laureate Dorothy Hodgkin, who was awarded the prize for Chemistry in 1964 for her work on the structure of vitamin B12. She also decyphered the structure of insulin and confirmed the structure of penicillin.

Douglas Adams and John Lloyd defined Beccles in their Meaning of Liff as "The small bone buttons placed in bacon sandwiches by unemployed guerrilla dentists". …

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History

before1900

According to A Survey of Suffolk Parish History, there were two brewers and one inn holder in Beccles between 1600 and 1649. Between 1650 and 1699 two brewers and one vintner were recorded.

The 1791 Universal British Directory lists William Hindes as a victualler.

The 1844 White's Directory also lists 19 beer houses run by:

Elizabeth Arnold (Ravens meer)

Charles Barker (Ingate Street)

Jeremiah Chapman (Bridge Street)

Benjamin Elvin (Swines Green)

John Garrod (Northgate Street)

George Grey (Ravens meer)

George Groom (Smallgate Street)

John Hatcher (Ravens Meer)…

Acknowledgements

Some details from "Suffolk Airfields in WW2" by Graham Smith.

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