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Postcode: IP23 | code search
Population: 2000
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Four Horseshoes
"A warm and friendly greating only to ready to hlp. Robert

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Four Horseshoes
"We have been eating and drinking at the "Shoes" for over thirty years and have seen many changes, the last taking place some three years ago when the present owners ..." More

The White Horse Inn
"Bad Points: no bad points at all General review: excellent

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The small Suffolk town of Eye sits near the Norfolk border some five miles south of Diss, bypassed by the main Norwich-Ipswich road as it was to its economic cost by the mainline railway in the mid-19th century. In the long run it may be Eye benefited in terms of character through being left in peace. Eye was in its pomp nearly a millennium ago, its strategic importance as an island (Eye means island) in the fens emphasized by the Normans rushing to erect a motte and bailey castle here by 1071, just five years after Hastings. The town’s fortunes rose further with the building of a Benedictine priory shortly afterwards. Norman construction influences the place to this day, seen in curving Castle Street and Church Street following the line of the bailey. The building that cannot be missed from whatever direction Eye is approached is the wonderful church of St Peter and St Paul, whose slim tower soars to 101 feet, dominating the skyline. The church is mainly 14th and 15th century, but boasts a 13th century door recycled from a previous building. There is still a keep in Eye, but it’s a folly built in 1844. Also Victorian is the Town Hall, an interesting (for which read odd) flint and brick construction put up in 1857 by one of that era’s “rogue architects” EB Lamb. Easier to appreciate is the 16th century timber-framed Guildhall, now a private residence. These days the population is around 2,000, a decline from when Eye was an important medieval market town, and even later days when this was a lace-making and flax processing town. There are some nice old buildings, including the Georgian Linden House in Lambseth St with its blue and red bricks, though the dominant feature of Eye’s architecture is flint. Look out for charming East Anglian “crinkle-crankle” garden walls (easier to envisage by their alternative name “serpentine”), for example at Chandos Lodge, once home of choreographer Sir Frederick Ashton.


Andrew Dickson Ltd
Anglia Book-Keeping
Scotma & Co


Eye Castle
Thornham Walks
Thornham Walled Garden


Yoga - Hatha


The Dental Surgery


Dr Ellis-Jones & Partners

Estate Agent

Partridge & Lucas

Holiday Park

Athelington Hall


Bull Auberge
Four Horseshoes
The White Horse Inn


Eye Country Market

Pub and Bar

Queens Head
Six Bells
White Hart Inn


Brome Grange Hotel
Thornham Hall & Restaurant


Athelington Hall
Lamb Cottage
Orchard Cottage




Brome Grange Hotel
Thornham Coach House
Yaxley Hall

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Eye & District CC (Cricket)
Stradbrooke CC (Cricket)


Fleurs Artisan
E G H Maynard
Daganya Farm


Clint Farm Riding Stables(Riding)

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Cornwallis Country Hotel and Restaurant (The) (1.61 miles)

Cornwallis Country Hotel and Restaurant (The)

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Few and far between are opportunities to experience something very special. If you appreciate an informal yet refined hospitality combined with a beautifully understated elegance, then you'll find The Cornwallis ... More

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Brome Grange Hotel (1.72 miles)

Brome Grange Hotel
Midway between the market towns of Diss in Norfolk & Eye in Suffolk & halfway between Ipswich & Norwich, the Grange founded in the 17th century, today offers both business & leisure travellers every modern ... More | visit website
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Bull Auberge (1.81 miles)

Bull Auberge

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The Auberge is a superb family run hotel and restaurant in the centre of East Anglia. It is conveniently situated for visits to Cambridge, Newmarket, Norwich, Ipswich, the Norfolk Broads ... More | visit website

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The White Horse Inn (2.89 miles)

The White Horse Inn
Ideally situated on the A140 close to the village of Eye in Suffolk and midway between Ipswich and Norwich; this delightful Coaching Inn dates back to the 17th Century and continues to offer the ... More | visit website
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Thornham Hall (2.92 miles)

Thornham Hall

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Welcome to Thornham Hall. We offer exclusive overnight accommodation and weekend breaks. We are also a delightful venue for wedding parties, conferences and private parties. The 20th century Thornham Hall ... More

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Orchard Cottage (2.93 miles)

Orchard Cottage

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A perfect rural idyll, this lovely, recently built and very comfortable cottage lies peacefully on the Norfolk/Suffolk border. Set in its own garden, it overlooks horses, sheep ... More

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Scole Inn (3.07 miles)

Scole Inn
The Scole Inn is a historic coaching inn dating back to 1655. The impressive exterior of the building reflects the Dutch influence of the period, creating a unique setting. The inn is a popular location ... More | visit website
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The Horseshoes (3.22 miles)

The Horseshoes
Breakfast from 7am till 11am Monday to Friday
Food served all day every day
Senior Citizens special lunch every Wednesday.
Bed & Breakfast En-Suite Rooms.Beer Garden.Disabled toilet & access.
Real Ales, Keg Beers.
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Four Horseshoes (3.22 miles)

Four Horseshoes
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The Four Horseshoes is a charming 12th century inn situated in the beautiful Suffolk village of Thornham Magna. An abundance of fascinating features create the perfect atmosphere alongside superior service ... More
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The Red House (3.29 miles)

The Red House

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Standing among the 19th Century farm buildings of the Thornham Estate, the Red House has belonged to the Henniker family since 1764.

It offers two pretty and comfortable double bedrooms with ... More

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