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Known to date from at least 1792, when the Bury & Norwich Post** on February 22nd 1792 reported:
On Saturday morning, as two boys from Cavendish were going to school they were bitten by a mad dog, though they were a mile distant from each other, one boy was named William Ives, son of a wheelwright the other was named Thomas Ambrose the son of a farmer. The former was bitten in the arm the latter in the leg, they were both brought to this town (Bury) by their friends with a view of obtaining some sporific as a remedy, they applied to a physician who ordered an exision of the part of each lad and the pieces were taken out by two surgeons at the Green Dragon Inn.
last updated 25/11/2012
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(** report reproduced with kind permission from Foxearth & District Local History Society)
(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)
The green dragon may be a reference to the Earl of Pembroke and appears on their coat of arms. William de la Pole, 1st Duke of Suffolk was an important medieval English soldier and commander in the Hundred Years' War and later Lord Chamberlain of England. He was created Earl of Pembroke in 1447 and Duke of Suffolk in 1448.