1 ancient pub
Hawstead in Domesday
Population (2011) of Hawstead: 338.
Local licensing authority for Hawstead is St Edmundsbury.
Few churches in Suffolk posses as many monuments as Hawstead. Several of these are to the Metcalfe family, who also gave their name to the former pub. A small earthquake damaged other memorials in 1926. Queen Elizabeth I is said to have visited Hawstead Place, once owned by the Drury family, from where Drury Lane in London takes its name.
One set of almshouses (built 1610) used to stand on Bell's Lane. Another imposing almshouse building, the Metcalfe Almshouses (erected in 1811), still stand at Pound Green (see the gallery).
Hawstead was recorded in Domesday as "Hersteda" or "Haldsteda". It appears on John Speed's 1610 map as "Hauſted".
Some historical information from English Heritage's National Monuments Record.