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Wrentham Spread Eagle

also traded as as: Eagle

historical era: late 20th century

opened pre-1841

closed 1989

High St

grid reference TM 499 828

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listed building grade II

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CAMRA North-East Suffolk branch.

last updated 11/09/2016

According to Alfred Hedges' 1976 book, "Inns and Inn Signs of Norfolk and Suffolk", the Spread Eagle was the sign of Catherine of Aragon.

Licensed as just the "Eagle" from at least 1957 until 1965, when "Spread" was prepended to the name.

Annette Day (nee Smedley) tells us:

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.

The building dates from the 18th century, with 19th century alterations.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** in Oct 1825 states :

Died on Monday the 10th October 1825, aged 66, Mr Dent Chilvers, many years landlord of the Spread Eagle Inn, Wrentham.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** in Dec 1825 states :

Died on the 19th December 1825, aged 29, Mr James Chilvers, landlord of the Spread Eagle, Wrentham.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** in Jan 1875 states :

Lucy Fiske, of the Eagle Inn, Wrentham, applied for an extension in time to 11pm on Wednesday 6th January 1875, on the occasion of a rent audit, which the Bench granted.

In 1900 described as "visitors requiring country rest with sea air, will find every accommodation at the above hotel; trains met at Southwold or Lowestoft station by appointment".

Home of the Manchester Unity of Oddfellows in 1916.

(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)


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.