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Bramfield Swan


opened pre-1874

closed April 20th, 1935

The Street

grid reference TM 400 737

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CAMRA North-East Suffolk branch.

last updated 14/07/2015

In the historic photos the main sign declares "Colchester Brewing Company Ltd"

Closed in 1935, when Lacon's Brewery transferred the license to the Pakefield Jolly Sailors.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** in 1851 (Jul-05) when Thomas Flegg was landlord recounts that Thomas Flegg was a witness in a case of theft of a purse belonging to James Sawyer, gamekeeper.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** in Dec 1860 states that :

Halesworth Petty Sessions December 14th 1860. Samuel Burrell late of Bramfield, innkeeper, was charged with receiving 17cwt of hops the property of Thomas George and committed to take trial at the next sessions, a second charge of stealing seven bottles of wine was dismissed.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** on in Dec 1860 states that :

Halesworth Petty Sessions December 19th 1860. Samuel Benstead, of Bramfield applied to have the license to the Swan Inn, Bramfield, (lately occupied by Samuel Burrell) indorsed to him. George Haward, farmer, presented to the magistrates a memorial signed by the vicar, churchwardens and several other villagers against the endorsement. In consequence the house was implicated in the recent robberies. Benstead presented a testimonial of character fit to keep an Inn which had been signed by The vicar, Mr Haward and several others. The magistrates saw no good reason why the licence should not be indorsed to Samuel Benstead

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

(some old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)

(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)