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Bury St Edmunds Magpie

historical era: Victorian / Edwardian


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last updated 15/07/2015

Demolished during the summer of 1871. The site was later planted with shrubs and enclosed with railings (presumably to keep out the sheep used to graze the churchyard). The site is now apparently a car park.

Reputedly, by the late 1860s it had a reputation as a brothel and closed soon after.

A report in the Bury & Norwich Post** on Mar-22 in 1859 when David Scott was the landlord reports that :

David Scott was charged with not paying his gas bill of £2 3s 8d. He admitted the amount was correct but he had filed his petition in the Insolvency Court.

Susannah & Mary Ann Albon (listed in 1861) were 2 of the daughters of Mary Sadler & George Albon (victualler & blacksmith) of the 'Black Lion' in 1851, & Hardwicke [Beer] House in 1871****

A report in the Ipswich Journal** on 19 Mar in 1803 states that :

Martin BURROWS, late waiter at The Bell Inn...has taken the MAGPYE Inn, near the Shire Hall, Bury St Edmunds

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

(1861 census information from Malcolm Fairley)

(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)

(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)

(**** historic information from Stephen Arbon)


The name may refer to an ancient meaning for the word magpie, "a half pint".