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Bury St Edmunds Sword in Hand


opened 1724

52 Southgate St

grid reference TL 861 633

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listed building grade II

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CAMRA West Suffolk & Borders branch.

last updated 24/09/2015

The building dates from the 17th century.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** on 14 Oct in 1818 states that :

The Sword In Hand, Southgate Street, BSE - Mrs Ann RUSHBROOK intends to continue the business of her late husband, Jonathan RUSHBROOK

A report in the Bury & Norwich Post*** in 1832 (Mar-28) when Mrs Double was landlady states:

Mrs Double & son Johnson were witnesses in a robbery. A customer was relieved of his purse & £24. Simon Frost aged 20 was found guilty and sentenced to death.

A report in the Bury & Norwich Post*** in 1879 (Jan-14) when Arthur Frost was landlord states:

Frost sent for the police to eject 3 men who were "very riotous" in his house. Once removed the men set about the police officer, PC Emerson. A Mr Henry Cobbold was arrested, charge with assault and fined 10s with 6s 4d costs.

Also reported at 54, 64 + 66 Southgate St.

(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 Bob Mitchell)

(*** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)