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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 on this old OS map from 1883. interactive map

old OS map





Historical interest

Historical interest





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

(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)

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