Southwold Southwold Arms
previously known as Green Man, Joiners Arms
50 High St, IP18 6DJ
grid reference TM 506 762
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last updated 07/11/2014
A paperback book published in 1969, called "Inns of the Suffolk Coast" by Leonard P Thompson** contains the following extract:
Colour-Sargeant Robert MacKenzie attested his Scottish descent by always wearing tam o' shanter, and serving no meals before grace had been said. He would not accommodate females or couples, for fear they were not properly married, and he objected to seeing any lady dance with a man not her husband…(he) never once slept away from home in the 28 years he was tenant of the Southwold Arms. When he died, in 1915, at the age of 87, the soldiers then stationed in the town gave him a military funeral. If this building did not become a pub until the middle of the (19th) century, it was certainly in existence long before then. Two cellar walls running at right angles to the High Street are of Tudor brick, and a cross-wall is of more recent construction, indicating that the cellar may originally have been much larger. Mr Morris Butt and his wife Joan are the host & hostess at this homely pub. Mr Butt was formerly in the Metropolitan Police River Division.
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(some old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)
(*** historic newspaper & book information from Bob Mitchell)
(**** Reference to pub seen in Southwold Diary of James Maggs (1818-1876) published by Suffolk Records Society in 2007)
A Green Man is a sculpture, drawing, or other representation of a face surrounded by or made from leaves. Also frequently found on carvings in churches and other buildings (both secular and ecclesiastical).
The Company of Joiners were granted a coat of arms in 1571. Traditionally they were usually employed in producing more ornamental work than carpenters.