East Bergholt

Photo from East Bergholt

temporarily closed premises

3 ancient pubs

Ancient pubs are defined as those which are believed to have closed before the middle of the 19th century.

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Population (2011) of East Bergholt: 2765.

Local licensing authority for East Bergholt is Babergh.

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About East Bergholt

East Bergholt is a large village famed as the birthplace of John Constable (born 1776), who is possibly England's greatest landscape painter. The village was recorded in Domesday as "Bercolt" and appears on John Speed's 1610 map as "E┼┐tberholt". In the hamlet of Flatford, Willy Lott's cottage (a typical yeoman's house on a bank of the river Stour) remains an iconic view near to the millhouse which was immortalised in Constable's Haywain. The churchyard contains a unique wooden bell cage.

From a Correspondent.

Many years ago there were in the village of East Bergholt, four public houses, the Bear, the Eagle, the Ship, and the Three Cups, the success of which several establishments allured a competitor into the field, who opened an ale house, which he called the White Horse, and underneath a sign intended to represent an animal of this description, were written the following lines:

My new White Horse shall kick the Bear,

And make the Eagle fly;

Shall turn the Ship right bottom up,

And drain the Three Cups dry.

It would seem that "mine host" of the White Horse discomforted his opponents according to his threat, for certainly, neither Bear, Eagle, Ship, nor Three Cups exist at the present day in East Bergholt, though the White Horse still continues to maintain its ground, even in spite of the opposition of so fearful adversary as a Red Lion.Ipswich Journal, January 1840

At present this is all we know about these four ancient pubs.