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

Some of them may well still be offering a takeaway beer service and some others will also be selling food takeaways, perhaps even with delivery. 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.

Sotherton Cross Bows

Sotherton Cross Bows

also traded as Cross Bow

Closed before 1881?.

opened before 1841

London Rd

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 Stradbrooke 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. larger map

old OS map





Historical interest

Historical interest




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

(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)