Important Covid information

The first tranche of pubs (those able to serve outdoors) have now been allowed to reopen. 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 have reopened or to be planning to reopen as soon as permitted are listed on this page.


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

Debenham's village centre has many fine timber-framed buildings and a parish church with fine stonework at the tower base. The village was recorded in Domesday variously as "Depenham", "Depbeham" and "Depleham". The market hall was built in the 17th century and is a reminder of the traders who once flourished here. Nearby Aspall Hall is home to the Chevalier family who still produce a popular local cider.

Contrary to popular rumour, the Debenham's chain store has no connection with the village. William Debenham, though a Suffolk native, was actually born in Alpheton.

The Cross (on Gracechurch Street) is a building dating from 1668, possibly on the site of a market cross, built as a school for 20 boys.

The old police lock-up (see gallery) is said to be the oldest surviving police station in the country.




John Butler, Jun. formerly of Debenham, a Baker and Innkeeper, was one of a number held at Ipswich Gaol for Bankruptcy.Ipswich Journal, May 6th 1769***

The 1830 Pigot's Directory lists Jessop Devereaux as a retail brewer.

The 1851 Census lists Daniel Wyth (Plumber, Glazer, Painter & Beer Seller, pub not named, Head/Married/29/born Handsworth Hill, Essex) and William Wright (Publican, pub not named, Head/Married/56/born Eye).

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

Edgar Butcher.

James Collins the Dove?

Charles Howes.

Robert Simpson.…


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