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Yoxford Three Tuns

also traded as as: Tunns, possibly Three Fens Inn

historical era: mid 20th century

opened pre-1874

closed 1925

High St

grid reference TM 394 690

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last updated 02/10/2016

Large coaching inn that once stood in the village. The pub dates back to at least the 1720s. In 1783 the Norfolk Chronicle reported the death there of one Robert Rayner.

In 1830 the "Royal Mail Telegraph" coach to London (via Saxmundham, Wickham Market, Woodbridge & Ipswich) called every morning at seven whilst the "Shannon" called every morning at six. The returning "Shannon" to Halesworth called every evening at half past seven. The "Royal Mail Telegraph" coach to Yarmouth (via Wangford & Lowestoft) called every morning at half past seven.

Burned down in 1925.

Shown here on the 1884 OS map.

old OS map

Historically listed as a commercial inn & posting house.

A reference in the Ipswich Journal*** on 19 Jul 1729 to Mr Henry Searles at the Three Tuns in Yoxford.

A reference in the Ipswich Journal*** on 16 Jan 1731 to Mr Henry Searles at the Three Tuns, Yoxford.

A reference in the Ipswich Journal*** on 24 Feb 1733 to the Bell-Inn, Saxmundham

A report in the Ipswich Journal** in Jan 1835 states :

A notice in the Ipswich Journal in January 1835 reads: Strayed from the Tuns Inn, Yoxford, a brindled greyhound dog, marked three clips on the back, about 9 months old: was seen in the company of a soldier near Saxmundham on Thursday the 22nd. Whoever will give information of the said dog shall receive a reward of £1 and all reasonable expenses, by applying to Jno. Barnes, Tuns, Yoxford.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** in May 1840 states :

Picked up, at the Tuns Inn, Yoxford, May 8th 1840, a note of value. Whoever has lost the same, may have it again by describing it and applying to Mr John Barnes, Three Tuns.

A report in the Ipswich Journal*** on 24 June in 1854 states that :

To be let, Old-Established Inn & Posting House, the Three Tunns Inn, Yoxford - Apply to the present proprietor, Mrs BARNES.

A report in the Ipswich Journal*** on 13 September in 1862 states that :

Sale of the Household Furniture etc of F. STANFORD Esq. who has let the Tuns Inn Hotel, Yoxford from Michaelmas next.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** in Oct 1965 states :

At the Tuns Hotel, Yoxford, to be sold by auction, the entire neat household furniture, (part of which was new two years since); 11 featherbeds and bedding, and numerous effects, the property of Mrs Bullard, who is retiring from the business.

A report in the Ipswich Journal*** on 13 Oct in 1866 states that :

Auction, under a Deed of Assignment, for the equal benefit of creditors, the Household Furniture & other contents throughout the Tuns Inn, Yoxford, the property of Mr Isaac ROCKHILL (Summary of rooms only but full details of contents are in the report), Magistrates Room, No.4 Sitting Room, Green Room & Bar, Mixing Bar, Kitchen & Storerooms, Scullery & Larder, Bedrooms, Sitting Room, Nursery, Garden & Yards.

The 1841 Census names the pub and it could be read as Three Fens Inn, but this is not clear.

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

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

(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)

(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)