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Parts of the pub date from the 15th cent. with a carriage arch providing a reminder of earlier (coaching) times.
The first authentic inn record dates from 1625 but part of the building may date back to the 14th century. With few travellers passing through the village then, it was thought to have been an alehouse. Following extensive building work in 1759, the Inn started taking overnight guests and during the French wars in the 19th century it was used to billet soldiers and their horses. Further extensions and renovations were carried out in 1826 and the present brick front (Woolpit red bricks) was added about then.
listed building grade II
Local licensing authority for Woolpit is Mid Suffolk
last updated 21/09/2013
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(1891 census information from Dudley Diaper)
(some old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)
(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)