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Needham Market Bull

also traded as as: White Horse, Compasses

historical era: late 20th century

opened 1607

closed 1985

86 High St

grid reference TM 088 551

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last updated 17/10/2016

A high quality timber framed house that was located close to the market square. It has been empty since closure.

(information from book "Needham Market Pubs" by Desmond and Shelagh Herring)

The Bull was built late 15th or early 16th century as a Guildhall.

Known as the White Horse from 1607-1770, and Compasses from 1770-83. Called the Bull after 1784 when an inn of same name located opposite (now called the Limes) was closed and the sign was transferred.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** in Nov 1815 states :

To be sold by auction, part of the neat and useful household furniture, stock in trade, wheelwright's stock in trade, and other effects, of Mr William Gibbon, at the Bull Inn, in Needham Market, who is removing to the Cock Inn, Bramford.

Owned by John Cobbold (Cliff brewery) from 1834 when Robert Mudd was appointed innkeeper.

In 1874 listed at Bridge st.

Fred Warren was a poor sweep, receiving charity and living in a cottage in yard of pub until 1885 when he was appointed landlord; he and wife Amelia had 9 children but tragically in 1902 he hanged himself.

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

(1891 census information from Dudley Diaper)

(information from book "Needham Market Pubs" by Desmond and Shelagh Herring)

(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)