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listed building grade II
CAMRA West Suffolk & Borders branch.
last updated 14/09/2017
Bury St Edmunds Dolphin Innhistorical closure era: mid 20th century
closed approx. 1953
50 Cannon St
The building dates from the late 18th century.
The Dolphin is also listed at 39 Short Brackland (in 1839 & 1844), 59 Cannon Street (in 1855), 57 Cannon Place (in 1861), 53 Cannon Street (in 1874) and 64 Cannon Place (in 1888).
The Dolphin is shown on this OS map of 1885.
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(1861 census information from Malcolm Fairley)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)
A dolphin is seen as a friendly animal that would help ancient mariners by twining itself round the anchor cable in a storm to prevent the anchor dragging. It also features in many coats of arms including the Fishmongers Company and the Company of Watermen. In France from the 14th cent. the eldest son of the king was known as "le dauphin".