Bury St Edmunds Elephant and Castle (Trunk)historical era: 21st century
closed August 2012
last owner Greene King
2 Hospital Rd, IP33 3JT
grid reference TL 852 637Something we've got wrong about this establishment? Something more you think we should know about it? Please email us
listed building grade II
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last updated 07/08/2016
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.