Bramfield

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Important Covid information

The first tranche of pubs (those able to serve outdoors) have now reopened. The rest of our pubs will be permitted to reopen from May 17th.

Pubs providing takeaways continue to be listed on this page.

Those known to have reopened or to be planning to reopen as soon as permitted are listed on this page.

Introduction

Establishment(s) understood to have reopened.

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Bramfield is a linear village alongside the A144, recorded in Domesday as "Brifelda". A "crinkle-crankle" wall and thatched church with a detached round tower can be found in the parish. The remains of the Bramfield Oak can still be seen at Bramfield Hall. It died in the mid-19th century, but is mentioned in stories as early as the 12th century.

Probably the best-known business in the village is Bramfield Meats, a major supplier of meat across the region. They suffered a big fire at their headquarters in 2016, but were fortunately able to continue in business.

The 1791 Universal British Directory says of Bramfield,

[...] a small town, 2 miles and a half from Halesworth and 97 miles from London. It has neither market nor fair, but abounds with corn and hay. It is on the turnpike road to Bungay and a mail-cart from Yoxford to Bungay passes through every day.

A tower mill stood by the road to Halesworth until it was demolished about 1955. Neal Almshouses date from 1723.

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History

The 1844 White's Directory lists a beer house run by Henry Balls (may have been the Bell?)

The 1851 Census lists George Hurren (Innkeeper, Bridge Street, pub not named, Head/Married/47y/born Kelsale) with Elizabeth Hurren (Bridge St., pub not named, Wife/Married/43y/born Lewes, Sussex).

The 1855 White's Directory lists Wm. Aldis Higham as a brewer & malster and also lists John Kerridge (also listed as a taylor) as a beer house keeper. (may have been the Bell?)

The 1865 Kelly's Directory lists William Higham as a maltster and brewer and also lists Robert William Edwards as a beer retailer.…

Acknowledgements

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

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