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Elmswell Lion

previously known as Red Lion, Swan


closed 1934

Station Rd

grid reference TL 991 640

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CAMRA West Suffolk & Borders branch.

last updated 15/07/2015

Now residential and called the Beeches.

Former inn and posting house

A report in the Ipswich Journal*** on 07 Oct in 1848 states that :

Valuable property at Elmswell & Norton. Lot 23, A free public house called the "Lion" with small brewery attached, advantageously situate near the Railway Station; comprising an excellent Dwelling House, almost entirely new-built & re-fitted; brick built Brewhouse, with store room, stables, spacious barn, cow-house, range of buildings used as a covered ten-pin ground, or adapted for entertaining a large party, with other erections; garden, orchard & paddock. Also, a cottage, abutting on the public road. The whole, including the site of the buildings, contain 2A 0R 24P, in the occupation of Mr Wm. SMITH & Mr Walter LORD, as yearly tenants, apportioned annual rents amounting to 27 pounds.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** in Dec 1855 states that :

To be sold by auction, by order of the Trustees of a deed of trust executed by Mr William Smith for the benefit of his creditors. A most desirable and valuable property at Elmswell, consisting of all that well accustomed free public house called the Red Lion, for several years conducted by the said William Smith, eligibly situated near to the railway station at Elmswell, and having spacious frontage to the public road leading to Stowmarket; comprising of a modern built commodious dwelling house, with brick built brew house and store room, good stabling, chaise house, a range of buildings used as a covered ten pin ground, spacious barn, sheds, and other erections, together also with a productive garden and a piece of rich pasture land adjoining, containing altogether (with sites and buildings) 2a or 24p. Elmswell being a first class station on the Eastern Union Railway, there is a good posting business attached to the house.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** in Dec 1870 states that :

The application for the transfer of the license for the Elmswell Lion from Sarah Mulley to John Mulley was refused. Superintendent Durrant opposed the transfer on the grounds of John Mulley's recent bad behaviour with regard to a felony in Elmswell.

A report in the Ipswich Journal*** on 20 Nov in 1883 states that :

Robert Henry BLOOM, Lion Inn, Elmswell, pleaded guilty to allowing raffling for cigars with dice, to take place on his premises. Fined 6s 6d & 13s 6d - Paid.

(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)

(1891 census information from Dudley Diaper)

(1861 census information from Malcolm Fairley)

(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)

(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)