Lowestoft Suffolk Hotel

historical era: late 20th century

closed 1971

61 London Rd North

grid reference TM 548 929

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last updated 11/05/2016

Demolished 1972 for modern development.

(Originally listed as opening in 1873, but landlord entries for Suffolk are now listed from 1839.)

A report in the Ipswich Journal** in Feb 1875 states :

The Old Suffolk Hotel: This formerly much frequented and excellently conducted place of resort has just been disposed of by Messrs. Mercer and Peacock, to Mr J Nelson, for £90, the entire building to be cleared away in 14 days.
(This could be a reference to an earlier build and may be linked to the opening (or reopening) of 1873?)

Listed at Southend in 1839.

A report in the Ipswich Journal*** on 20 May in 1873 states that :

Mr R CLARK of the Suffolk Hotel, Lowestoft, supplied dinner to 100 men & women with an average age of 77. Joints, hot vegetables & plum-pudding were served.

In 1874 an omnibus was operating from here daily to Yarmouth departing at 9am and returning from the Barge Inn at 5pm.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** in Jan 1875 states :

Samuel Bunnett, 25, of Cantley, a fisherman, pleaded guilty to having been drunk and riotous, and also having assaulted Samuel Cordell, barman at the Suffolk Hotel. He was fined 25s, including costs.

A report in the Ipswich Journal*** on 23 Mar in 1875 states that :

Married, on 16 Mar 1875, Harry Willmott of Walthamstow to Susan Sophia, eldest daughter of Mr R. CLARK, proprietor of the Suffolk Hotel, Lowestoft.

In 1912 (and earlier) listed as a family & commercial hotel (opposite railway station).

Historically listed at London Rd, Lowestoft.

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

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

(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)

(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)