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listed building grade II
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last updated 30/12/2019
Thorndon Green Manhistorical closure era: Victorian / Edwardian
Heron Chase, Hestley Green
The Green Man is said to have been open in the 1920s, though we're not sure for how long. The pub had a long association with smugglers, who would bring their booty up the river Deben as far as Debenham and then take it cross-country to here. The building in our photographs and on our map is identified as the former Green Man in the Listed Buildings Register.
We have examined the Hartismere licensing records from 1923 to 1962 and found no trace of this pub. In addition, there's no mention of it in the 1910 Rates book, and it doesn't appear as a pub on OS mas so it seems likely it closed before 1910, so the 1920s claim in the Listed Buildings Register may be inaccurate. In addition, it doesn't appear as a pub on OS maps between 1884 and today.
The building is a 16th century former farmhouse.
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
A Green Man is a sculpture, drawing, or other representation of a face surrounded by or made from leaves. Also frequently found on carvings in churches and other buildings (both secular and ecclesiastical).