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In the light of the government announcement of March 20th, all pubs are now closed until further notice.

A number of pubs are providing takeaway food and/or drinks during the Covid-19 lockdown. Some offer deliveries, while others are selling from the premises. This page lists details of those we know about.

If you can give any of our pubs some support through these terrible times by buying some takeaway food or drink, please do so. Our pubs need as much support of possible if they're going to still be there for us when the crisis is over.

Wrentham Spread Eagle

Wrentham Spread Eagle

also traded as Eagle

closed 1989.

opened pre-1841

High St

grid reference TM 499 828

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

Map

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Historical interest

Historical interest

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Landlords

Landlords

Footnote

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.

(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)

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