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Stowmarket Staff of Life


opened 1836 circa

closed 1911

26 Stowupland St

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CAMRA Ipswich & East Suffolk branch.

last updated 11/04/2015

May have been a shop before becoming a beer house.

Converted to residential use after closure.

(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)

(** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)


Bread is said to be the staff of life - thanks to Edward Edwards (early 1880s traveller) a lump of cheese and jug of beer may also be depicted together with the loaf!