Stowmarket Blue Postshistorical era: mid 20th century
closed April 30th, 1941
last owner Greene King
4 Station Rd
grid reference TM 049 587Something we've got wrong about this establishment? Something more you think we should know about it? Please email us
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last updated 20/04/2017
The Blue Posts was originally a liquor store owned by James Diaper, from about 1839. In 1861 it was sold to Thomas & Jubal Raffe who were journeymen millers and corn merchants. In 1878 the trustees for Thomas Raffe's estate applied for an on-license and then sold the premises to Alexander Clutterbuck (Stowmarket Brewery). In 1882 it was acquired by Edward Greene.
The pub only had a six day license.
The last landlord was an Alexander Davis who was there from about 1939. The license was surrendered in April 1941 and the building was used as a hospital during the World War Two. Later it became a shop selling craft and kitchen items, until about 2002 when it was converted to residential use.
There is a very old photo (circa 1863) which shows Station road decorated for the Prince Of Wales marriage that year. From the 1882 it was owned by Greene King [their Stowmarket Store being over the road, in the old Stevens brewery building]. In the 1920s The Ancient Order Of Buffaloes met there on a Thursday Evening.
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(detailed information from Neil Langridge - and also Brian Southgate - see their book "Stowmarket, Combs and Stowupland Pubs" published by Polstead Press in 2009)
(some old PO information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)
(** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)
Blue posts were often used as an easy means of building identification before street numbering systems became widespread in usage during the 18th cent.