Bury St Edmunds Elephant and Castle (Trunk)
closed August 2012
last owner Greene King
2 Hospital Rd, IP33 3JT
grid reference TL 852 637
listed building grade II
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last updated 11/04/2015
Closed August 2012, reportedly after a long period of poor trade.
In late 2014, planning permission for conversion into a funeral parlour was granted.
'The Trunk' was a Victorian street corner pub fronting on to Hospital Road. Access to the car park was from the main Parkway. Despite overlooking a busy junction the two bars of this community pub had a village local feel to them. The rear bar was the hub for many games teams including football, darts, cribbage, and dominoes. Outside was a large garden with children's play area.
The pub stood on "Hellfire Corner", so named because of god-botherers who used to stand here preaching hellfire and damnation.
The building dates from the early 19th century.
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
An elephant & castle has appeared in the crest of the Cutlers Company since 1622. Ivory was then used to create knife handles. Some claim that the name derives from "Infanta of Castile" a reference to Eleanor of Castile, wife of Edward I.