Serving the communities of Bures St Mary and Bures Hamlet

Public Houses in Bures Hamlet & Bures St Mary


The contents of this page imply no form of recommendation by the author.

Records for Bures between 1830 and 1914 indicate there were a large number of pubs or beerhouses in the parish, possibly 13.
However on this page, only 8 can be factually accounted for.

Dates given are those found in the Records Office for some of the earliest tenants. This does not imply they were the first.

The Horseshoes :- Church Sq.
Still trading as a PH

1844-Issac Death is Blacksmith and Samuel Death is Beer Retailer & Blacksmith
1869/1874-John Death is Beer retailer, Samuel Death & William Death are Blacksmiths


NOTE:- this has always been documented as a 17ct building.
However one Bures resident has informed me the shop
(previously a Co-op Store) on the corner and the entire row of buildings were built circa 1620

The Queens House:- Church Sq, formerly a 17th Century Coaching Inn,
Changed in 2007 to become residential property.

1773 - Samuel Coker
1839-Geo Hurrel
1864 Charles Chinnery
1869 Elias Layzell
1874 Foyster Howlett
1885 George Cousins
1891George Sergeant
1892 George Sargent
1912 Rudolph Ungless
1912 Ernest Golding
1916 George Fayres
1922 Frank Dessant
1925 Frank Dessant
1939 Jenkins

1961 - 1981
Ethel Pink ( see also Crown Public House)

1981 > - 2 other licencees before finally becoming a private residence

Ipswich Journal Newspaper
April 10th 1773

Whereas the house of Samuel Coker of the Queens Head at Bures being broken into on the 3rd inst and two silver tankards etc stolen-this is to give notice that a handsome reward will be given for information by me Samuel Coker.

Edinburgh Gazette 1912
Ernest Edward Golding lately residing and carrying on business at the Queens Head Hotel, Bures...............


1869-William Carter
1874 - William Carter
1891-William Hume
1892 - William Hume
1900-Mrs Emma Hume
1904-1922-Henry Joseph Lunnis
1925-Samuel Lambert
1929-1922-Harry Rafferty
1939-1947-Mrs, DeLaine
Closed 1971

The One Bell :- Located in Nayland Rd.
Demolished many years ago. Now residential properties.

8 bells
History of the Eight Bells
Barnabas Burch was the Licensee in 1844, Abraham Cousins in 1874, John Thompson in 1878 and George Cousins from 1902 to at least 1937.

In 1920 the Colchester Brewing Co took over Charrington Nicholls with their East Hill brewery plant with 50 pubs including the Eight Bells.

Other local Nicholls pubs included the White Hart at West Bergholt, The Swan at Chappel, The Sun at Lexden, Bird in Hand at Earls Colne and The Shoulder of Mutton at Aldham

In 1925 the pub was owned by Ind Coope (Romford Brewery) who in that year bought out 214 pubs owned by the Colchester Brewing Company. The Ind Coope sign was not used until 1927, sometime later George Bolton took over as licensee and motor engineer at the Petrol Station next door

The current Licensee Mr and Mrs Amos purchased the property in 1992

Courtesy of Ian Stratford 1993

The Eight Bells:- Colchester Rd.
Still trading as PH.

Read the full list of Licensee`s here

The Swan :- Station Rd.
Site Vacant

1769 -registered as beerhouse at Chelmsford RO
1848/Elizabeth Turner/Victualler
1855/Mrs. E. Turner
1861/John Rawlinson
1862/John Rawlingson
1867 > 1878 /Mrs. Maria Rawlingson
1881 > 1882 John Rawlingson
1886 > 1898 /Enos Page Baxter
1899/E. P. Baxter
1901/Frederick W. Baxter
1902 > 1933 /Frederick William Baxter
(1933+ records no longer available)

Closed down circa 2013


Thursday March 28th 1923

The Crown PH:- Located in High St.
Now residential property

1869-Charles Goody
1874 Charles Goody
1891-Charles Gooday
1892 Charles Goody
1900-Charles Goody
1904 Alfred Barnard
1912 John Nunn
1925 John Nunn
1933 Arthur Shead
1937 Arthur Shead
? - 1947 Dorothy Taylor
1947 - 1961 Ethel Pink

(Notes:-Ethel Pink took over the licence from Dorothy Taylor in 1947 - 1961 & when it closed she took over the licence at the Queens Head till November 1981 when she retired at the age of 78. She died 4 days after her 80th birthday in May 1983.
Courtesy of Joan Nutland, her daughter


Suffolk Free Press January 1961

The Angel:- Located in High St.
Now residential property (Angel House)

1783 - see below
1839-Charles Humphrey
1844-Charles Humphrey
1855- Joseph Dupont
1861-James Pilgrim
1869-James Pilgrim
1874 James Pilgrim
1891-Mrs Eliza A Pilgrim
1892 - Mrs Elizabeth Ann Pilgrim
1900-Mrs Eliza Ann Pilgrim
1904-Basil Pilgrim


Newspaper Report:- October 11th 1783
To be sold by auction a Inn called the Angel situated in Bures, Suffolk.---good dwelling house with exceedingly dry cellars-large brew office-dairy-granary-stables with large yard leading to the adjoining river Stower which is most advantageously situated for loading and unloading goods.

1841-John and Sarah Elleston or Thomas and Susannah Scowan
(1841 Census not that clear)

1841 Thomas Scowen 60years (Beerhouse)***
1844 Thomas Scowen (Beerhouse)***
1851 William Scowen age 40 years
1855 William Scowen
1861 William Scowen age 51 years
1865 William Scowen
1869 William Scowen
1871 William Scowen age 60years

(John Albert Beards aged 81 registered as White Horse tenant 1881)
1891-Hume Golding
1892 - Golding Hume
1904-Arthur Goldsmith

*** Although the records give no address, it`s most likely this family
were at the White Horse

Link to other information on the Scowen family

The White Horse, Cuckoo Hill. circa 1869 - 1904
Now White Horse House opposite Friends Field.
Maps dated 1905 and 1925, indicate an "Inn" on the corner of the Essex Knoll or what we now call Bures Common.

The Spread Eagle:- This is a residential property located along the Sudbury Rd, opposite the entrance to Bevills Hall. Much speculation about this as a "Beer House" possibly during the 1700 - 1800`s
No factual documentation ever found. Mainly rumour.

Salamander:- residential property located between Cuckoo Hill and Bures Green. The land on which it now stands was known as "Parlour Inn Field" back in the 1700`s. May well have been the site of another "Beer House"

Meggs Meadow/Essex Knoll:- a map of the village dated 1898 show an "Inn" on the land adjacent to Bridge St

Vicarage- The Vicarage House built by white brick and covered with Slate, with a barn now converted in Brewhouse
Ref 1827 and 1820 Terrier

Acknowledgement to:- Heart of our History by Ashley Cooper
Acknowledgement to ;
Joan Nutland concerning Ethel Pink
Acknowledgement to:- Heart of our History by Ashley Cooper
Acknowledgement to Greg Scowan for the White Horse information

Updated Eight Bells info 20/09/2013
Updated Crown and Queens Head 04/06/014