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Reported by the EADT to be closed an on the market early September 2014.
The pub has an unusual (Grade II Listed) sign which spans the road. The building dates from the 15th century, with 16th and 19th century additions.
Within living memory, a live magpie was confined within a cage on the pub's wall as a living pub-sign.
According to Alfred Hedges' 1976 book "Inns an Inn Signs of Norfolk and Suffolk", this is one of only a dozen remaining pubs in the country with a sign spanning the road. So probably fewer today...
The associated Magpie Shop sells groceries and includes a delicatessen and a tea room.
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(1891 census information from Dudley Diaper)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)
(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)
The name may refer to an ancient meaning for the word magpie, "a half pint".