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Bungay Cherry Tree

historical era: mid 20th century

closed between 1927 and 1957

4 Outney Rd

grid reference TM 333 898

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last updated 23/06/2016

May also be listed at Common Ln and Cherrytree Rd (in 1855).

The pub appears on the 1927 OS map, but not on the 1957 sheet (available maps in between are not sufficiently detailed) so it must have closed between those dates.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** on 08 Aug in 1804 states that :

Auction of the Cherry Tree Public House in Bungay, in the occupation of Mr Robert DAVEY, as tenant from year to year.

A report in the Ipswich Journal*** in 1860 states that :

Read was charged with having wilfully and knowingly permitted people to be drunk on his premises and for a long time. Inspector Gobbitt visited the Cherry Tree at 12.30 on a Thursday night only to find a man tumble out of the house drunk. In the front room he found several men and women drunk, and in the back room men playing dominoes. Gobbitt stated that he considered the house one of the worse in the town, as drunken people are there from morning to night and night to morning. In his defence Read claimed he had gone to bed early leaving his wife in charge and further more he did not know at time he should close. This statement obviously upset the magistrate who imposed a fine of £2 with 7s 6d costs and told Read that "you have been keeping a very disorderly house, and as you neither appear to know, nor to be anxious to know what your duties as a publican are, we think it right that we teach you by imposing a rather heavy penalty. If you appear here again on a similar charge, we shall not renew your licence.

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

(some old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)

(** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)

(*** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)