Earl Soham

Photo from Earl Soham

1 Real Ale pub

2 closed premises

1 ancient pub

Ancient pubs are defined as those which are believed to have closed before the middle of the 19th century.

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Population (2011) of Earl Soham: 455.

Local licensing authority for Earl Soham is Suffolk Coastal.

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About Earl Soham

Set in a valley, with two small greens and one larger central green, Earl Soham was recorded in Domesday as "Saham" and is shown on John Speed's 1610 map as "Erle┼┐oham".

The settlement was once owned by the Bigods, Earls of Norfolk, hence the name. Earl Soham Brewery was originally behind the Victoria, then expanded to new premises a short distance to the east, before moving in 2013 to its current location in Debenham.

Mill Hill marks the site of a late 17th century post mill which worked until 1917 and was demolished in 1947, though some parts were incorporated into a home. Another post mill off Low Road was also demolished in 1947.

The A1120 through the village follows the route of an old Roman road. Unusually for such a road, it isn't completely straight - the kink being due to a lake that was in the way.


Some historical information from English Heritage's National Monuments Record.