Photo of Spread Eagle

grid reference TM 499 828

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listed building grade II

CAMRA North-East Suffolk branch.

last updated 21/01/2020

Wrentham Spread Eagle

also traded as as: Eagle

historical closure era: late 20th century

opened pre-1841

closed 1989

High St

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According to Alfred Hedges' 1976 book, "Inns and Inn Signs of Norfolk and Suffolk", the Spread Eagle was the sign of Catherine of Aragon.

The pub was licensed as just the "Eagle" from at least 1957 until 1965, when "Spread" was prepended to the name.

This is now part of Eagle Court. I lived there with my parents (Marjorie and James(Jim) Smedley) from 1962 to 1972. There was one more landlord after mum and dad left then it closed around a few yeas later.From Annette Day, nee Smedley

The building dates from the 18th century, with 19th century alterations.

It's shown (though not named) as a hotel on this old OS map from about the end of the 19th century. larger map

old OS map

(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)

(information supplied by Annette Day (nee Smedley)

(some old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)

(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)

Old OS map reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.


The spread eagle was originally a Roman sign and later used by many countries including Austria, Germany, Russia, Spain & France. The sign is also used by many English noble families.