Bury St Edmunds Griffin
grid reference TL 852 644
listed building grade II
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CAMRA West Suffolk & Borders branch.
last updated 30/07/2015
Site currently occupied by 'The Officer's Club' shop. (location information from Stuart Palmer) (shop has now closed, there are rumours circulating that this may become a second JD Wetherspoon pub).
The building dates from the early 18th century, with a 19th century frontage.
In June/July 1981 edition of Last Orders*** it was reported that a CAMRA Regional meeting was held at the public house - thanks to landlord Colin Ridett.
In Dec 1982 edition of Last Orders*** it was reported that the Griffin (Tolly) had closed.
Listed in 1823 at Beast Market, in 1839 at Corn Market, in 1874 at 10 Corn Market & 1891 at 10 Cornhill.
Historically a family & commercial hotel & wine & spirit merchant with at one time offering stabling for 50 horses.
A report in the Ipswich Journal** on 26 Oct in 1869 states that :
The licensed Vctuallers Tea Association advertised the sale of tea via its Suffolk Agents. This was a response to the irregular sale of Wine by Grocers and included a reference to G.W. HAMMOND of the Griffin Inn, Bury.
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(1861 census information from Malcolm Fairley)
(some old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)
(** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)
(*** Last Orders is a free local newsletter - published by Suffolk CAMRA members since 1978)
A griffin is a fabulous monster - half eagle and half lion - popular in heraldry and often spelt griffon or gryphon.