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Thorndon Green Man

historical era: Victorian / Edwardian

closed pre-1910?

Heron Chase, Hestley Green

grid reference TM 153 674

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listed building grade II

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CAMRA Mid-Anglia branch.

last updated 09/01/2017

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.

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, so it seems likely it closed before 1910, so the 1920s claim may be inaccurate.

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).