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.
Street-by-street pub list
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:
James Collins the Dove?
Some historical information from English Heritage's National Monuments Record.