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Great Waldingfield Fox Beerhouse

historical era: Victorian / Edwardian

closed between 1905 and 1926?

Upsher Green, CO10 0TS

grid reference TL 918 437

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last updated 24/09/2016

Marked as a beerhouse on OS maps at least as late as 1905, but not on the 1926 or subsequent sheets, so probably closed between those dates.

Reported for sale in the Suffolk Free Press[1] in 1888.

August 1st 1888
To be sold at Gt and Lt Waldingfield sometime in August—The Fox beerhouse with a meadow and a field—23 cottage tenements—wheelwright’s shop etc, by order of the trustees of the late Thomas Hills. The licence of the Windmill beerhouse at Otten Belchamp to be transferred from Josiah Barrel to Josiah Theobald.
August 22nd 1888
The Fox beerhouse at Lt Waldingfield which was put up for sale at £100 after keen bidding mainly from Messrs Green,Oliver and Mrs Mauldon it was purchased by Mr King of Green and Son.

Bury & Norwich Post[2], September 12th 1893

Henry Bowers of Waldingfield was charged with assaulting Sarah Bowers, wife of James Bowers. Complainant who appeared with a handkerchief bound round her forehead and her left eye much discoloured said she went down to the beerhouse between 8-30 and 9 pm to get her husband to come home which he would not, when half way home she heard someone behind her, turning round she saw Henry Bowers who started to kick her and struck her. Ester Diggens said she met complainant on the road going towards the Fox, afterwards she met Henry Bowers who said he had knocked her snout off her face. The landlady of the Fox said complainant came in to her house after her husband and was swearing, she ordered her out for her filthy language, complainant's husband knocked her down three times and banged her head three times on the wall. 5s with 9s costs.

Shown here on the 1886 OS map. the building is still called Fox Cottage and even features a fox on its weather vane.

pub on old OS map

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


[1,2] News reports reproduced with kind permission from Foxearth & District Local History Society.