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Sudbury Spread Eagle


opened 14th Cent

closed between 1997 and 2006

89 Cross St

grid reference TL 868 411

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CAMRA West Suffolk & Borders branch.

last updated 11/04/2015

This pub was listed in the local CAMRA pub guide in 1997, but had gone when our photographer tried to find it in 2006, which is as close as we can get to knowing when it closed.

Also listed at 88 Cross St. The 1911 census lists James Amey as a retired innkeeper at 88 Cross St. with the pub at 89.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** in Sep 1880 states that :

Offered for sale at auction, Lot 2, the Spread Eagle beer house, in Church Street, Sudbury, and sold to Mr Boutell, of Wethersfield, for £1050.

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

(** 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. Its popularity as an inn sign owes a lot to the fact that it was the device of Catherine of Aragon.