Bury St Edmunds Sword in Handhistorical era: mid 20th century
52 Southgate St
grid reference TL 861 633Something 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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CAMRA West Suffolk & Borders branch.
last updated 13/08/2016
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)