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Sudbury White Hart


Market Hill

grid reference TL 873 412

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last updated 08/09/2015

Historic Inn with frontages onto Sepulchre St. (now Gainsborough St.) and the Market Hill. Advertised to let [1] in the Ipswich Advertiser in 1766, when it was already regarded as ancient.

The building was completely destroyed in a serious fire early in September 2015.

Rowland Taylor, the rector of Hadleigh spent a night here enroute to Aldham common where he was burnt at the stake in Feb 1555 (during Mary's reign as she tried to being Counter Reformation to England) - he was the third Protestant to be burned at the stake during the Marian Persecutions.[1]

An advert in July 19th 1766** states:

To be lett at Sudbury the White Hart Inn, an antient roadhouse newly fronted, it stands in full view of the market place and joins two great roads that go through the town, it has four parlours, partly wainscoated and hung with paper-6 chambers-godd assembly room-4 garrets-bar room-large kitchen-stabling for 30-40 horses. Enquire of Mr Barnard. N. B. The new Bury machine breakfasts and dines 3 times in a week there.

A report in the Ipswich Journal*** on Nov-10 in 1883 when Phillip Briggs was the landlord states that:

Harry Theobold, a respectably dressed young man, son of a beerhouse keeper in Plough Lane, was summond by the police for refusing to quit the White Hart Inn, Cross Street, when ordered to do so by the landlord and police. Phillip Briggs the landlord said that the man wanted to fight a man in his tap room, and afterwards wanted to fight him, and used very bad language. Theobold was fined 20s with 8s costs.

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

(** report reproduced with kind permission from Foxearth & District Local History Society)

(*** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)

(**** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)


[1] All told during the Marian Persecutions some 284 Protestants (56 of them women) were executed in the UK; 30 died in prison, but the majority were burned alive sometime between 1555 and 1558.