Clopton

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Important Covid information

If all goes according to plan, the first tranche of pubs (those that are able to serve drinkers outdoors) may be able to reopen on April 12th. Though of course, in a situation like this, nothing is guaranteed. The rest of our pubs may be permitted to reopen from May 17th.

Pubs providing takeaways continue to be listed on this page.

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

Introduction

Please tell us if you know of any pubs here ready to reopen when outdoors service is permitted.

Clopton is a scattered village with several long established farms. It was recorded in Domesday as "Clopetuna". John de Weyland obtained a charter from Edward I for a market and fair here but both are long gone. Clopton Hall dates from the 15th or 16th century.

Historically, the River Lark was navigable between Clopton and the Deben.

RAF Debach was built between Debach and Clopton, straddling the two parishes (though 90% in Clopton, despite the name). This Second World War airfield had the benefit of Thistledown Hall, a large and rather fine house located within the perimeter, which was used for billets during operations but was so badly damaged it was demolished afterwards. The USAF 493 Bomb Group equipped with B24 (Liberators) was based here from April 1944 until May 1945 and flew 162 missions. Afterwards, the site was used to house German POWs and other displaced persons, before closing in 1948.

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Acknowledgements

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

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