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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 arressted, charge with assault and fined 10s with 6s 4d costs."
listed building grade II
last updated 07/10/2013
(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)