Where pubs have been renamed, we usually list only the most recent known name here. Other names can be found in the Pub list tab. (For closed pubs which only traded for a short time under a newer name, we generally list them under the longer-established name) Ancient pubs are defined as those which are believed to have closed before the middle of the 19th century.
Bures in Domesday
Bures is part of Bures St Mary parish.
Population (2011) of Bures St Mary parish: 918.
Local licensing authority for Bures is Babergh.
Thia settlement, recorded in Domesday as "Bura" and shown on John Speed's 1610 map as "Buers", straddles the county's border with Essex. There's one pub in Bures Hamlet, located on the southern side of the River Stour (the Eight Bells), one some distance from the settlement (The Thatchers' Arms at Mount Bures) and one remaining on the Suffolk side in Bures St Mary. We only list the historical pubs that were on the Suffolk side of the river, but we include the three recent ones on the Essex side for community interest (though we don't keep full details about them).
Edmund was crowned King of East Anglia here in 855 and St Stephen's chapel houses tombs for three Earls of Oxford, including Richard (the 11th earl) who was commander at Agincourt. In 1405 a creature like a crocodile supposedly emerged from the river. Impervious to arrows it was eventually driven off by locals, never to be seen again.
According to the village website, historical records suggest as many as 13 pubs have existed in the village in the past, but not all have been positively identified.