Long Sutton & District Civic Society’s new publication on Inns & Pubs gives information on the many public houses that once existed in the town.
Readers will probably be more familiar with the pubs that still exist – Palmers, The Granary, the Crown & Woolpack and The Olde Ship – but the booklet contains a walking tour with maps for those who want to discover the sites of the former drinking houses. In some cases, the building is still there, whereas others have been razed. The books contains some before and after pictures too.
As to why there were so many pubs, civic society chairman Tim Machin suggests that a visit to the pub was one of the few forms of entertainment once open to people – and beer was probably safer to drink than water.