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Bury St Edmunds Six Bells

historical era: Victorian / Edwardian

closed 1885

36 Churchgate St

grid reference TL 855 640

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listed building grade II

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last updated 09/03/2016

Some sources suggest this commercial inn and posting house was in the building at the corner of Angel Hill and Chequer Square (with frontage to the square), however the 1885 OS map at the Bury Record Office makes it clear that it was actually slightly to the north of this building, with frontage to Angel Hill.

In the late 18th and early 19th cent this was a notable family coaching inn and posting house including the "New Accommodation Light Pair Horse Coach" which in 1823 set out from here daily at 8am and guaranteed to get to Norwich in 6 hours.

Now the Masonic Hall.

A reference in the Ipswich Journal*** on 27 Aug 1743 to Mr Philip Winterflood at the Six Bells in Bury St Edmunds.

Also listed at Crown St.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** in Mar 1820 states that : Tuesday the 7th died, aged 53, Mr Samuel Manikin, of the Six Bells, in Bury.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** in Sep 1830 states that :

To be let with immediate possession the old established Inn and Commercial House, the Six Bells, Bury St Edmunds. This house possess every suitable accommodation for families and travellers; being close to the Shirehall it is well situated for the convenience of persons attending Assizes and Sessions. As a Post, etc. connected with the Six Bells render it very convenient for this branch of the business. The house is completely furnished, is in excellent repair, and very well adapted for an immediate commencement of business.

A report in the Ipswich Journal in 1846 (Mar-21) when the Six Cups? was run by Mr Clements states:

Clements sued a Mr Fuller for non payment of £158 and won the case.

The Bury and Norwich Post and Suffolk Herald of June 10, 1884 reported on the BOROUGH PETTY SESSIONS, BURY, Thursday, June 5th under the heading A PUBLICAN HEAVILY FINED:-

William Scoulding, landlord of the Six Bells Inn, Crown-street, was charged with allowing his premises to become the habitual resort of women of ill repute. Defendant pleaded not guilty. P.c. Offord said that on the evening of the 30th May he visited the defendant's house three times. - At six o'clock there were six women in the house, at ten there were five, and at eleven there were eight. There were also a number of militiamen in the same room. ... the house was opposite St. James' Church ... Messrs. King and Son, [owners], said the defendant was under notice to leave the house ... the bench inflicted the full penalty of £10, and ordered the licence to be endorsed. [Licence probably not renewed at next session.]

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

(1861 census information from Malcolm Fairley)

(some information from Old inns of Suffolk by Leonard P Thompson)

(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)

(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)