Stowmarket Fox & Hounds
previously known as Crown
closed 1917 (Feb)
14 Bury St
grid reference TM 048 587
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last updated 21/07/2015
Also listed at Bury Rd
Originally called the Crown and the first mention of an inn of that name was back in 1628. Name changed to Fox & Hounds before 1768.
Demolished for retail development and was on the site of what was the Co-Op in Bury Street and is now occupied by Tall Orders coffee shop and St Elizabeth's Hospice charity shop.
Another pub called the Crown opened in 1855 and can still be visited today.
Earliest known owner is John Wage. Later owned by his family until about 1680. In 1730s William Bunn is listed as an apothecary and brewer here. Property contained a brewery and slaughter house in mid-18th century.
A report in the Ipswich Journal*** on 19 Apr 1729 that states :
The Crown in Stowmarket, being a large and well accustomed Inn, with a good Brewing Office and two convenient Slaughter Houses, fitting for any Country Butcher to kill and dress their Wares in, is now to be Lett or Sold. Enquire of...Charles Crew at the House aforesaid
Pelham Aldrich purchased it in 1768. Soon afterwards it was owned by John Aldrich and used as a popular staging point for coaches. In 1823 coaches left the inn daily at 8am for London & Ipswich.
John Cobbolds brewery purchased in 1834. Closed 1917.
(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 directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)
(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)
NOTE: A messuage equates to a dwelling-house and may include outbuildings, orchard, curtilage or court-yard and garden - this may have been an earlier structure to the current property.