Stowmarket Hop Polehistorical era: mid 20th century
opened 1861 circa
CAMRA Ipswich & East Suffolk branch.last updated 20/07/2015
This was located in Timber Green [to the left of the Station] and originally listed in Stowupland parish.
Locally known as the Poor Man's Hotel - workmen from outside Stow would stay there during the week. It was in the same building as Lankester and Webb's bonded warehouse (located to far right of building).
In 1874 carrier services to Drinkstone on Thu were provided by Roe and to Rattlesden on Thu were provided by Crick.
Used as residential housing after closure until demolition in April 1972.
A report in the Bury & Norwich Post** on Dec-05 in 1882 when Mr Foster was the landlord states that:
William Hoddy, Hitcham, labourer, was committed for trial for the theft of £14 8s that he had stolen from his father, Robert. William, while in the Stowmarket Hop Pole, rather foolishly challenged the landlord's son, Robert Henry Foster to a £5 bet that he could show him £10 in gold coin.
Originally owned by Stewart & Patterson. Later owned by William Downs (1858), Lankaster & Wells (1875c), Robert Wells (1897), Lancaster, Wells & Bartlett Ltd (1904c) and lastly Greene King (1919).
A report in the Ipswich Journal** on 21 Dec in 1869 states that :
Robert Thurston, landlord of the Hop Pole, Stowupland was summoned for being drunk at Needham Market. Fined 5s & 12s costs. The Magistrates directed the clerk to contact the licensing authorities & recommend that his licence should not be renewed.
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)
(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)