An ancient borough and market town with three parish churches. Recorded in Domesday as "Sutberia". The settlement has expanded considerably since the 1950s with large new industrial and residential estates on the outskirts contrasting with the historic central areas. Sudbury was the head of the river Stour Navigation. Also see Great Cornard. For RAF Sudbury see Acton

The Maldon Grey, actually just inside Great Cornard, is sometimes listed as being in Sudbury (and also occasionally in Chilton).

During the 18th century The town was an important inland port with horse drawn barges transporting goods to Mistley and Manningtree (in Essex). A local man, Simon Tybald was Archbishop of Canterbury at the time of the Peasants Revolt (1381). He was decapitated by the rebels; his skull is kept at St Gregory's. Thomas Gainsborough (left), the notable artist, was born here in 1727. His birthplace is open to the public (Tue - Sat and BH Mon). Several fine local examples of silk weavers houses remain with large windows to light the looms. Sudbury was the archetypal "rotten borough" and was the inspiration for Eatenswill in Charles Dickens' Pickwick Papers. …




Public houses by street

Thomas Loveday, Innkeeper, late of Sudbury, deceased (inn not named)Ipswich Journal, 8th July 1780***


The following people are listed in various local streets as brewers, beer retailers or beerhouse keepers at (as yet) unidentified pubs or shops:

Unknown street address

1823 Pigot's Directory: Thos. Jones as a brewer, and wine & spirit merchant.

1874 White's Directory: Mrs Mary Ann Gross as a brewer, wine & spirit merchant…


(** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)

(*** report reproduced with kind permission from Foxearth & District Local History Society)