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Needham Market George

previously known as Saint George, George & Dragon



closed

opened 1550

closed 1871

119-121 High St

grid reference TM 087 551


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last updated 14/08/2014

A three bay house with a large chimney to the southern apex. Owned by Messrs Ridley from 1848. A fair took place near inn on 28th & 29th Oct each year from 1839 and "the suspicion of strangers was lifted" leading to the pub filling with gypsies and horse dealers. Performing bears and boxing booths appeared along with various amusements including galloping horses and a big organ in George yard. The fair was abolished in 1871 by Lord Ashburnham. Now used as a shop.

(information from book "Needham Market Pubs" by Desmond and Shelagh Herring)


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

(information from book "Needham Market Pubs" by Desmond and Shelagh Herring)

(** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)