Lawshall Green Manhistorical era: mid 20th century
closed between 1958 and 1980
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last updated 09/01/2017
The Green Man is shown on OS maps at least as late as 1958, but by the 1980 sheet it's marked "The Willows", so evidently closed between those dates.
The building is now almost completely obscured from the road by trees, so our photographer couldn't get a good picture as he didn't want to trespass.
It has also been reported as being in Whepstead, as it's very close to the parishes' mutual boundary. However, as this report from the Bury Free Press** makes clear, it was in Lawshall.
July 19th 1879
Inquest at Lawshall Green Man beer house on the body of a child of William and Maria Goldsmith, Mrs Wilden of Whelnetham said she was called by Goldsmith about 6 on Monday morning and on going to the house she found the poor woman lying on the floor in a bedroom with no-one else except her four children the eldest being a 12 year old girl, Mrs Goldsmith told her the child was born as she found it, her husband was down stairs, she called him but he did not come up, he said he would fetch his mother but she would not come, she had been confined for two hours. Mrs Wilden said she found the child in a chamber utensil, her husband said he made tea for his wife, he did not know if a child had been born or not as he went to the Fox at Stanningfield and got a shillings worth of brandy for his wife, she had not asked him into the room. The jury found death was caused by neglect at birth.
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(** news report reproduced with kind permission from Foxearth & District Local History Society)
A Green Man is a sculpture, drawing, or other representation of a face surrounded by or made from leaves. Also frequently found on carvings in churches and other buildings (both secular and ecclesiastical).