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Horham Dragon

also traded as as: Green Dragon

historical era: mid 20th century

closed 1966

The Street

grid reference TM 210 723

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listed building grade II

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last updated 02/10/2016

Called Green Dragon in 1844 & 1855. Now called Dragon House, the building is believed to date from about 1525, though the fa├žade dates from about 1920.

The pub was very popular with visiting US airmen during World War 2. Many of them still knock on the door asking for a nostalgic look round.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** in Jul 1815 states that :

To be sold by auction, Lot 2, a most valuable, good accustomed, well situated and long established public house or inn called the Dragon, in Horham, with a barn, stables, back house, dairy, neat house, and other buildings, in excellent repair, and 43a 3r 31p, by recent survey, of rich productive arable and pasture land, in a high state of cultivation, immediately adjoining the house and premises, now in the occupation of Mr Robert Wilson, tenant at will.

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

(some old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)

(1861 census information from Malcolm Fairley)

(** information from Stuart Ansell)

(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)


The green dragon may be a reference to the Earl of Pembroke and appears on their coat of arms. William de la Pole, 1st Duke of Suffolk was an important medieval English soldier and commander in the Hundred Years' War and later Lord Chamberlain of England. He was created Earl of Pembroke in 1447 and Duke of Suffolk in 1448.