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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

Please tell us if you know of any pubs here which have reopened after lockdown.

The village lies scattered along the B1070, was recorded in Domesday as "Reindune" or "Reinduna" and appears on John Speed's 1610 map as "Roydon". Raydon Great Wood is an area of ancient woodland and run as a nature reserve by Suffolk Wildlife Trust. One local walk follows the course of the former railway to Hadleigh and old Raydon Wood station buildings can be seen (the Hadleigh-Bentley line opened in 1847 and closed in 1965, with passenger traffic finishing in 1932).

A field south of Sulley's Hill appears on the OS map as "Sodom & Gomorrah". Its exact origin is uncertain, but it was suggested on a Radio Four programme in 2011 that it may be either because the land is particularly barren here or because there was a night in the 1860s when 12 sheep grazing nearby in Higham were all killed by lightning. It had other names in past centuries, but first appeared in this guise on the 1892 OS map as "Sodom Hill".

Raydon Mill dates from some time after the Mediaeval period. It's now residential, but the turbine and two pairs of stones remain.

RAF Raydon was built close to the A12 by 833rd and 862nd Engineer Battalions in late 1942…

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Acknowledgements

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

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

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