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Sudbury Rose & Crown

previously known as Crown


opened 16th cent.

closed 1922

22 King St

grid reference TL 874 412

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last updated 22/07/2015

Former Inn and Posting House.

Destroyed by fire 1s January 1922.

Shown on the 1884 OS town plan as being directly to the south of the church.

Also reported as being at Market Hill. In 16th cent. this inn (then called the Crown) formed three sides around a great courtyard and was frequently used for mayoral banquets.

An advertisement in the Ipswich Journal**** on April 28th 1750 read:

Sudbury Stage Coach to London in one day begins on April 23rd-sets out from the Rose and Crown Inn, Sudbury on every Monday-Wednesday and Friday to the Spread Eagle in Grace Street, London and returning every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday to the place aforesaid at 9s a passenger, to be allowed 30lbs weight and above at 1s per score. N.B. Passengers to be taken up at the Bell, Hedingham-Green Man at Gosfield and the White Hart at Bocking, performed if God permits by us Thomas Holmsted and William Woods.

Reported at 38 King St. from at least 1871 until at least 1916.

Formerly a Commercial Hotel & Posting House and billard rooms.

A report in the Ipswich Journal**** in Apr 1820 states that : On Wednesday last died, at Sudbury, Mr Robert Cross, of the Rose and Crown Inn, in Sudbury, aged 63.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** in May 1820 states :

To be sold by auction, by direction of the Executors, all that desirable estate and old established Inn, known by the name of the Rose and Crown Inn, many years kept by the late Mr Robert Cross, deceased, at Sudbury, situate on the road from Bury St Edmund's to London; consisting of an assembly or dining room 50ft in length, and a card room to correspond, 15 airy and pleasant sleeping rooms, an upper dining room, 4 comfortable parlours, double bar, excellent kitchen with good cellarage under, waiter's pantry, store rooms, and other convenient offices, together with a billiard room, large yards, wherein there is stabling for 50 horses, granary, chaise houses and other buildings; also, a good tap room detached, and every other requisite for carrying on an extensive and lucrative trade as an Inn. The Inn is now in full trade, and undeniably offers confident advantages arising from its local situation and established connections. A considerable posting business is attached, which from the respectability of the neighbourhood is certain; as is the extensive trade in wines and spirits.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** in Sep 1820 states that : Yesterday last night died, aged 67, Mrs Hayward, widow of Mr Hayward, formerly of the Rose and Crown Inn, Sudbury.

In 1823 Pigot's Directory the Times coach left the inn daily at 1pm for London and left the inn daily at 11.30am for Norwich via Ixworth and Bury. The Old Bury coach also left the inn daily at 11am for London and left the inn at 3.30pm for Bury.

A report in the Bury & Norwich Post*** on Aug-05 in 1835 when William Baker was the landlord states that:

The Rose was the centre of a riot, where the mob tried unsuccessfully to force entry. Many windows were broken and the mob dispersed in the early hours of the next morning when their leader was arrested. (also see Bear Inn)

A report in the Ipswich Journal** in Aug 1840 states that : An announcement of the death on the 14th, aged 3 years Mary Lydia, second daughter of Mr William Baker, of the Rose and Crown, Sudbury.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** in July 1850 states :

Johnson William Double, landlord of the Crown Inn, at Sudbury was found guilty of stealing £15 in notes and a cheque for £15, the property of John White Chinery, malster of Bildeston. The prosecution made a recommendation that the court should show mercy to the prisoner on the grounds that he had a wife and children, Double received 2 months hard labour.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** in Nov 1880 states that : Died on the 17th Mrs Charlotte Hansell, aged 70, widow of John Hansell, and for over 30 years landlady of the Rose and Crown.

A report in the Ipswich Journal*** on Aug-26 in 1882 when J George was the landlord states that:

Mr J George of the Rose and Crown Hotel applied for an extension of time of an hour, on the occassion of the meeting of the Suffolk and Essex Club, which was granted.

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

(some old PO directory information courtesy of the londonpublichouse.com website)

(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)

(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)

(**** report reproduced with kind permission from Foxearth & District Local History Society)