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Stowmarket Pot of Flowers

previously known as Flowerpott, Tyrell Arms


opened 1707 circa

closed 1978

90-92 Bury St

grid reference TM 047 589

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listed building grade II

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last updated 17/08/2015

The pub was called the Tyrell Arms from 1831-44 (The Tyrells were a local family resident at Gipping Hall).

Now residential, the building dates from the late 18th century.

Often refered to as The Flowerpott in old documents.

Like quite a few other Stow pubs it was owned in the late 18th century by the Aldrich family of brewers until in 1805 John Aldrich, in financial trouble signed all his pubs in and around Stowmarket over to his father in law John Cobbold, the Ipswich brewer.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** in Apr 1850 states that : Died on the 25th April, at Stowmarket, Mrs Ann Rice, for many years landlady of the Tyrell Arms Inn, Stowmarket.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** in Feb 1855 states that :

To be sold by auction, on the premises, known as, the Pot of Flowers, Bury Street, Stowmarket, without reserve, all the household furniture, consisting of sets of Mahogany, Elm and Cane seated chairs,, 8 day clocks and dials; mahogany and wainscot dining, Pembroke, and other tables; bureau; 4-post, tent, sofa and other bedsteads; 8 capital featherbeds; chest of drawers, and the usual bed and sitting room furniture; china, glass and earthenware; trade requisites and utensils. The above old established and well frequented full licensed Inn to be let, with immediate possession.

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.

In 1888 Samuel Pope is listed as publican with spacious grounds & good accommodation for circus steam horses & travelling shows.

The pub had a bowling green at one time (on the other side of Bury Street) and did well during the Lamb Fair which was held nearby. It closed in 1978.

(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.