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The date on the wall, 1707, is believed to be when major alterations were made to the pub (possibly undertaken to reduce the first floor overhang). The building itself probably originates from the previous century or earlier. It's one of the town's most ancient inns; one of only 24 to appear on a town assessment of 1689. The building exterior is a Grade 2 listed whilst the modern interior is based around a central bar.
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(detailed information from Old inns of Suffolk by Leonard P Thompson)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)
(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)