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Called Tyrell Arms from 1831-44 (Tyrells were a local family resident at Gipping Hall).
Now residential, the building dates from the late 18th century.
A report in the Ipswich Journal** on Oct-19 in 1872 when Abraham Diaper was the landlord states that:
Diaper gave a lodger James Norman a gold watch to repair. The next day Norman left his lodgings and took up residence at the Blakenham Bell where he was arrested and charged with stealing the watch. He was tried and found not guilty.
listed building grade II
last updated 25/04/2013
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(detailed information from Neil Langridge - and also Brian Southgate - see their book "Stowmarket, Combs and Stowupland Pubs" published by Polstead Press in 2009)
(some old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)
(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)
The name also occurs elsewhere in the country and may have referred to the Lily that was associated with The Virgin Mary, if so this would suggest that pubs of this name dated back to before the Reformation and the reluctance to use the name afterwards, There is no evidence to put the Stowmarket pub back that far though.