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.
listed building grade II
Local licensing authority for Stonham Parva is Mid Suffolk
last updated 16/10/2013
(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".