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Woodbridge Sun

previously known as Three Tuns


closed 1973 circa

102 Thoroughfare

grid reference TM 276 492

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listed building grade II

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CAMRA Ipswich & East Suffolk branch.

last updated 07/08/2015

Now offices. The building dates from the 18th century.

The 1904 Woodbridge licensing records show that the Sun's license was issued in 1853. Whether this was when it was first licensed or when it got a full (ie not just beer) license isn't clear, though the latter seems more probable.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** in Dec 1810 states that : An announcement of the death on Wednesday the 28th was made of Mr William Hurren, son of Mr Hurren, of the Ship Inn, Woodbridge.

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

To be sold by auction, on the 8th June 1820, at the Crown Inn, Woodbridge, Lot 1., that long established well accustomed house, called the Sun Inn, situated at the east entrance of the town of Woodbridge, with an excellent kitchen garden, Bowling Green, stabling for 36 horses, chaise house, and all necessary appurtenances for conducting the present full trade. The tenant has had notice to quit at Michaelmas.

A report in the Ipswich Journal*** of December 1860 states that :

Frederick Sharman, labourer, Woodbridge, was charged with assaulting Samuel Bond, of the Sun Inn on the 23rd December 1860. Sharman pleaded guilty and excused himself on the score of drunkenness. This was not his first offence and the Bench inflicted the heaviest fine in their power, £4 10s, and 7s expenses; in default two months imprisonment. There was another charge against Sharman of assaulting Emily Andrews on the same day, but this was not proceeded with.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** in Jan 1865 states :

Solomon Grout, landlord at the Sun Inn, Woodbridge, gave evidence in court in January 1865 stating he had seen John Barnes a farmer from Iken enter his Inn tipsy. Barnes was prosecuting Henry Garrod and Henry Easter, both local farmers, with assaulting him in Woodbridge, both the accused pleaded not guilty. It was Grout's evidence that Barnes was troublesome and the aggressor which resulted in the case being dismissed.

A report in the Ipswich Journal*** on 26 May in 1866 states that :

Auction of the Sun Inn, with Bowling Green, Woodbridge, the property of the late Mr John BETTS, deceased, in the occupation of Mr Solomon GROUT, whose tenancy expires on 9th September, next. Lot 2 The Dwelling House & Garden adjoining the above, occupied by Mrs Betts, widow of the Deceased. Lot 3 A valuable piece of Pasture land at the back of lots 1 & 2 adapted for building purposes & occupied by R.A.Reece Esq.

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

(1871 census details from Liz Whittaker)

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

(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)

(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)