Archaeological evidence shows that early humans occupied Pakefield over 700 000 years ago, making it the second-oldest site of known human occupancy in the British Isles. Only Happisburgh is known to have been occupied earlier (by about 100 000 years). These residents will have been Homo neanderthalensis, as modern humans (Homo sapiens) didn't evolve until some 400 000 years later, and only arrived in Britain about 40 000 years ago.

Low-rising cliffs and (mainly Victorian) houses and hotels dominate the pretty coastal frontage of this sizeable settlement which is now an integral suburb of southern Lowestoft. It was recorded in Domesday as "Paggefella" or "Pagafella". A map of 1766 records Pakefield as "Peakfield"; John Speed's 1610 map shows it as "Pakefelde".

Also see Lowestoft and Carlton Colville.




The 1844 White's Directory also lists three beer houses run by James Hellin (joiner), John Horning and Amos Lincoln.

The 1855 White's Directory also lists 4 beer houses run by:

Samuel Forster Jolly Sailor

Hannah Frost

John Mills

Amos Lincoln.

The 1861 Census also lists Rachael Lincoln (Beerhouse Keeper, High Street, pub not named, Head.Widow/64y/born Kirkley)

In 1865 there are four people also listed as beer retailers.

Emanuel Foreham (miller)

Mrs Sarah Frost

Mrs Rachael Lincoln

George Warford

The 1871 Census also lists Joseph John Colby (Fish Merchant & Innkeeper, London Road, Pakefield, pub not name…