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Beccles White Lion

previously known as White Lyon


19 Smallgate

grid reference TM 422 904

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listed building grade II

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CAMRA North-East Suffolk branch.

last updated 29/07/2015

The building dates from the 18th century.

Historically a Family & Commercial Hotel & Posting House.

Also may be listed as an Inn and Excise Office.

Also may be listed at 11-12 New Market

Once it was 2 doors from Falcon when they both stood here.

A report in the Ipswich Journal*** on 06 Sep in 1800 states that :

John BARLOW, at the White Lion Inn, Beccles - A handsome dinner will be provided at his house each race day.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** in June 1820 states that :

To be sold by private contract the capital well accustomed Inn, the White Lion, in Beccles, in the occupation of Mr R Chipperfield, consisting of two good parlours in front, a large dining room, which divides occasionally into two, a small dining room, eight good sleeping rooms, three good attics, kitchen, scullery, bar, porter room, good cellars, small brewhouse and warehouse, and other conveniences, two four stalled and one eight stalled stable, coach house; also a garden well planted, and a large bowling green, in which are bowers and rooms, with an orchestra surrounded with shrubberies; also about half an acre of well planted nursery ground adjoining.

NOTE: Six months later the White Lion was again up for sale but on this occasion the Inn was to be sold separately from the gardens and the bowling green.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** in May 1835 states :

Thomas Edwards, for several years head waiter at the Rampant Horse, Norwich, having taken the White Lion, Commercial Inn and Posting House, Beccles, trusts that by an unremitting attention to the comfort of those who may favour him with their company, that he may secure that support which it will be his constant attention to merit. Wines and spirits of the finest quality, neat Post Chaises, Gigs etc.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** in Sep 1835 states :

A notice in the Ipswich Journal placed in September 1835 reads: T Edwards, White Lion Inn, Beccles, many years waiter at the Rampant Horse Inn, Norwich, by the advice of several friends, begs to acquaint them generally, that his opening dinner will take place on Tuesday, October the 6th. Dinner on the table at 4'clock, tickets 7s 6d.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** in Apr 1860 states that : On the 1st April 1860, the death was announced of James Harvey, landlord of the White Lion Hotel, Beccles, he was aged 57.

ALSO, "the White Lion Commercial Hotel and Posting House, Beccles. Mrs Harvey, desires to express her sincere thanks to the gentry and public, who so liberally patronized the White Lion during the time of her late husband, and begs to assure them she is anxious to carry on the business on the most liberal terms; and earnestly solicits a continuance of their support. First class wine and spirits. Excellent stabling, loose boxes and lock up coach houses."

A report in the Ipswich Journal** in Apr 1865 states :

The White Lion Opening Dinner: On Tuesday 4th April 1865, about 70 of the principal inhabitants of Beccles and of the agriculturalists of the neighbourhood sat down to a splendid dinner at the Assembly Rooms, in commemoration of Mr R B Shore having become landlord of the White Lion hotel. The chair was occupied by Thomas Roe Woo Esq., of Oulton, supported by the Mayor, Mr S W Rix Esq., and other gentlemen. The dinner, which consisted of the choicest viands, was served up in a most excellent manner, and together with the superior wines, did great credit to Mr Shore. The usual loyal and patriotic toasts were drunk, and afterwards others of a local character. A very high eulogium was passed upon Mr Shore, accompanied with expressions of the best wishes for his future success. The Rifle Corps band under the superintendence of their bandmaster M Pringee, played during dinner, and altogether a very pleasant evening was passed.

In 1869 John S Cobb (of Yarmouth) is listed by Kelly's Directory as a surgeon dentist at the White Lion hotel on first and second Fridays in each month.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** in Mar 1870 states that : Died on the 24th at Beccles, Mr Richard Bayfield Shore, aged 44, from the White Lion Hotel.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** in Nov 1875 states :

To be sold by auction, as instructed by the Executors of the late Mrs Shore, on the premises, all that excellent family, commercial, posting and market house, well known as the White Lion Hotel, Beccles, with stabling, coach houses and buildings, picturesque bowling green and productive market garden, together with good will of trade.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** in 1878 (Apr-13) when Mr Miles was landlord states:

John Mapes Brundell was seeking £60 damages from Mr Miles. Brundell had left his horse in the care of the pubs ostler who in turn gave the job to a lad. The horse bolted and had to be destroyed, the jury found for the defendant as there had been no negligence on the part of Mr Miles.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** in 1888 (Jun-30) when James Miles was landlord states:

James Miles applied for 1 hours extension for July 10th and was refused as 11 o'clock was late enough for "little Beccles

In the East Suffolk Gazzette on 30 Jan 1906 after the general election it was reported that Liberal Edward Beauchamp was returned with a majority of 1,605, overturning Col. Lucas' majority of 1,729. Many local windows were broken - including McQueen's (Deputy Mayor) both shop & house, Gibbons' Cycle shop, White Lion Hotel, and the Conservative Committee Rooms.

(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)

(old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)

(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)

(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)