Although the government has now allowed pubs to reopen, many are still unable to do so safely, while most if not all are only able to accommodate limited numbers of customers. Many of them are still reliant on providing takeaway food and/or drinks. Some offer deliveries, while others are selling from the premises. This page lists details of those we know about.
Update: pubs which are known to have reopened are now also listed. Please let Tony know if you know of pubs not listed that have reopened.
If you can give any of our pubs some support through these difficult times by buying some takeaway food or drink, please do so. Our pubs need as much support as possible if they're going to still be there for us when the crisis is over.
Sotherton Cross Bows
Sotherton Cross Bows
also traded as Cross Bow
Closed before 1881?
opened before 1841
grid reference TM 443 796
The Cross Bows is not mentioned in the 1909 Rates book, so must have closed before then.
No reference to this pub has been found after the 1871 census, so it probably closed before 1881.
The inn was purchased in 1747 by the Earl of Stradbroke of Henham Estate from a Brewer named Smith from Halesworth. The inn was empty during the mid 1960's when it was converted by Henham Estate workers into 3 separate cottages, of which I own two.
Many Thanks to Stuart Downes.
The pub is shown on this old OS map from about the end of the 19th century. interactive map
A report in the Ipswich Journal, August 28th 1736***, refers to Mrs Elizabeth Loes at the Cross-Bow in Sotherton, near Beccles.
Isaac and Elizabeth Brereton, late Servants to Sor Thomas Gooch, Baronet, have taken the Cross Bow at Southerton.Ipswich Journal, September 5th 1767***
A reference appears in the Ipswich Journal, October 1st 1768***, to the Cross Bow in Southerton.
Robert Garrod, of Beccles, a vendor of nuts etc, was charged with having, on 5th June, at Sotherton, unlawfully assaulted John GOLDING, of Sotherton, an Innkeeper and convicted in the penalty of 10s and 11s 6d costs or 14 days in Beccles Gaol.Ipswich Journal, July 21st 1860***
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)
Old OS map reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.