Offton Shoulder of Mutton
grid reference TM 075 490
listed building grade II
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last updated 27/03/2016
This sixteenth century house was bought by the Suffolk Author H W Freeman's parents and he later lived there with his German wife Betty (Elizabeth Boebecker). The house is on the left hand side of the road if you go from the Offton Limeburners towards Ipswich, just after the Elmsett turning. I don't think it has been a pub since around the 1850's.
(Information from a book on Harold Freeman's life, and my father who did a lot of work on the house for Freeman - Rob Hughes)
This pub's location was a detached part of Willisham Parish until c1890.
The last publican we have a record for was in 1901. The 1909 Rate book lists the building as "late an inn", so it evidently closed between those dates, probably nearer to 1909 than 1901.
A reference in the Ipswich Journal*** on 15 Aug 1741 states : the Shoulder of Mutton at Willisham
Note: 1891 census records the Shoulder of Mutton in Offton parish and an enumerator's marginal note states that it was formerly a detached part of Willisham parish. 1901 census notes also confirm this.
A report in the Ipswich Journal** in Mar 1805 states that :
To be sold by auction all that eligible and well situated Inn or Public House, called the Shoulder of Mutton, in Willisham, adjoining the principal road from Bildeston to Ipswich. This estate consists of a large parlour, kitchen, and back kitchen in front; good cellar, suitable pantries, 3 large chambers, 2 stables, and a large building adjoining, lately used as pot*ash office; a large yard in front, 2 small pieces of garden ground, and about a quarter of an acre of pasture land adjoining.
In a good tenantable state of repair, and now in the occupation of Mr Baker Deeves, an undeniable tenant, as tenant at will.
Note: 1891 census records the Shoulder of Mutton in Offton parish and enumerator's marginal note states that it was formerly a detached part of Willisham parish.
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(some old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)
(1891 census information from Dudley Diaper)