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lost Pubs of East Bergholt

Interestingly we have found a number of different references to ‘Lost pubs of East Bergholt’, a number of names we recognise, some we don’t, but rumour has it that there were as many as 14 at one point, albeit a number of them probably front room beer houses, but apart from the current pubs The Hare & Hounds, The Royal Oak (The Dickie), The Carriers & The Lion, we have reference also to a number of others:

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  • It is believed that there were as many as 14 beerhouses in the village at one point.


In 1874 The Ipswich Journal published a really interesting article from their archives mentioning 4 pubs, but no specific names, however it read:

 ‘In 1651. The townsfolk met at the house of John Neave, and made the following regulations about their public-houses. It is agreed that there shall be but foure houses licensed for drawings of beere, two in the Streete, one at Gaston’s end and the other being the fourth at Bakers end’

 In 1869, Post office directory listed amongst 9 beer houses in the parish, as did a separate article of the same year in The Chronicle.

 We can find reference to 4 beer houses in 1651, The White Horse at Bakers End, and 3 pubs not named, 2 in the street and 1 at Gaston’s End.

 By 1840 we found reference to The Ship (possibly down Dazeley’s lane), The Bear, The Eagle, The Three Cups, and The Pig & Whistle, but these were probably front room beer houses at the time.

 By 1843 both The Beehive gets a mention and in 1869 The Red Lion (previously The Fountain), as does The Kings Head, the Carriers, The Hare & Hounds, and The Kicking Donkey beer house (The Dickie)

 We found reference to The Welcome Soldier by the mid 1800’s – Located on the Manningtree Road we don’t know for how many years this operated as a beer house as only found reference to 2 landlords. The First, Gemma Clark (Innkeeper) and when she died in 1872 it was transferred to her brother in law. By 1880 the pub was auctioned off for £260 so presumably it continued operating after that date, however Wheelers took over the site.

One local (Norman) remembers helping pulling down the old buildings for Wheelers when he first started work. He also recalls a chap called Erne Lucas living in one of the houses and another called Sixer (Sixer could tie his moustache in a bow around the back of his head!)

The site of The Welcome Soldier is now Cordwinders. 

If we collate all this information from official records and newspaper articles, this is what we can deduce:

Year    pub                                         location                                             Landlord     

1651    not named                            The Street                                          Stephen Skynner

1651    not named                            The Street

1651    not named                            Gaston’s End                                     Edward Newton

1651    White Horse                         Bakers End                                        Anthony Bunn

1670    The Fountain (which later became the Lion)   The Street

1732    Kings Arms Ale House (opporsit The Gables) The Street       Sparrow (late Hewitt)

1732    The Pelican (near what is now Stour)                                         Henry May

1732    Fountain Tavern (now the Lion) The Street                             Thomas Knapp

1732    Shears Ale House                Eleys Corner                                     John Sparrow

1732    Kings Head                           Burnt Oak                                         Mr William Trotman

1732    Bell Ale House (now the Hare & Hounds)                                 Mr William Trotman

1840   The Ship                                (rumor says this was in Dazelys Lane)

1840   The Bear

1840   The Eagle

1840   White Horse                                     Bakers End

1840   The Three Cups

1843   The Beehive (see Ipswich Journal article below)                                                         

1869   Kings Head                                                                                      Thomas Pyett

1869   The Carriers                                                                                     Henry Folkard | carpenter & beer retailer

1869   ?                                                                                                          Thomas Folkard | beer retailer

1869   White Horse                         Bakers End                                       Charles Mann

1869   Kings Head                                                                                      George Nichols | beer retailer

1869   Red Lion                                                                                           William Mayes

1869   Hare & Hounds                                                                                John Aldous (beer retailer & carpenter)

1869   not named but presume Welcome Soldier                                Gemma Clark | beer retailer

1871    Welcome Soldier (or Sailor)         Manningtree Road              Gemma Clark | InnKeeper

1872    The Carriers                                                                                     Mr Folkard

1872    Kings Head                                                                                      George Nichols

1881    The Carriers                                                                                    James Ramsey

1891    The Carriers                                                                                     James Ramsey

1901    The Hare and Hounds                                                                    James Ramsey

1901    The Carriers                                                                                     Thomas Folkard


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  • It is believed that there were as many as 14 beerhouses in the village at one point.

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