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A large single bar with an adjoining conservatory overlooking an enclosed garden.
Finally closed its doors for the last time in late November 2009 after sporadic opening and closing over several years. The building has been demolished and replaced with six houses.
Following a campaign by local Camra members, it's a condition of the planning permission that the unique tiled sign should be preserved and displayed on a wall of the development for as long as it stands. This was put back in place in April 2011.
Originally only a beerhouse, first recorded in 1862. According to one source, it was granted a full license in 1896. However, according to the Borough Police licensed premises register 1903-1923, the Colchester Brewery Company gave up the licenses of the Orwell House and Eagle Tavern in exchange for a full license here in 1903.
This was, as far as can be ascertained, the only pub of this name in the entire country.
last updated 09/05/2014
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)