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Stowmarket White Hart

previously known as Black Swan, Swan


opened 1658 circa

closed 1967

6, 6a Crowe St

grid reference TM 048 585

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listed building grade II

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CAMRA Ipswich & East Suffolk branch.

last updated 18/08/2015

The building dates from the late 16th century.

The name had changed by 1818. An earlier inn of this name was located in Ipswich Street but closed in 1808.

Now used as auctioneers' offices.

A report in the Ipswich Journal*** on 07 Jun in 1800 states that :

to be let & entered immediately, The White Hart Inn, Stowmarket, apply to Mr RUST of Stowmarket or Mr CRAWLEY of Ipswich.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** in Dec 1835 states that :

A free public house, several votes for West Suffolk and other valuable property, in Stowmarket, to be sold by auction. Lot 1; All that free public house, called the White Hart, in Stowmarket, with a large yard, outhouses, and stables, now in the occupation of Mr Dres??? (paper damaged and the name is indecipherable.)

A report in the Ipswich Journal** in Feb 1860 states that :

Announcement was made of the marriage at the Independant Meeting House, Stowmarket. Mr Walter Peck, engineer, to Eliza, daughter of Mr Cuthbert, of the White Hart Inn, Stowmarket.

An advert in the The Bury and Norwich Post**** on Tue 13 March 1866 lists this pub as part of the sale of Stonham Brewery together with 26 other premises.

Owned by William Golland Ranson (1883-94)

A notice in the Ipswich Journal** in April 1895 states that :

A notice placed in the Ipswich Journal in April 1895 stated: White hart Hotel, Market Place, Stowmarket. Under entirely new management. Dinners well and cheaply served. Wines and Spirits best quality. Moderate charges. Miles W Hubbard, proprietor.

Owned by Tollemache & Co brewery after 1897.

(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 Stuart Ansell)

(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)

(**** historical details supplied by Neil Langridge)