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Bury St Edmunds West Gate

Bury St Edmunds West Gate

formerly Black Boy

Real Ale is sold here.

69 Guildhall St, IP33 1QD

grid reference TL 852 639

opened 1683

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(01284) 752723

(01284) 752723

Single bar serving a large multi-area room. A small theatre upstairs was used to host occasional live performances until a few years ago.

Renamed to the West Gate by Greene King in 2021.

The building dates from the 17th century.

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Footnote

Although such signs of a black boy usually today portray a quaint picture of a sweep in Dickensian costume - in the 17th cent. the fashion for negro servants e.g. pageboys was also quite common for the wealthy.

(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)

(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)

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