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Beccles Red Lion

Beccles Red Lion

closed 2nd March 1959

16 Blyburgate

grid reference TM 422 902

The Red Lion building has had considerable changes made to it in recent years, so it looks little like the original pub, though it is just about recognisable.

The pub closed in 1959 and the license was transferred to the Halesworth Oriental.

The image of the Red Lion (now a car spares shop I see) reminds me that around 1965 we (The building firm I worked for at the time) were called in by the new owners of the Lion who were opening up it up as a Shoe Repair shop (Warners). Warners were concerned that the floor of the shop was sagging rather severely. When we got down into what was the old pub cellar, we found the entire shop /pub floor above our heads was one huge bank of snow white growth from the dry rot that had taken hold. It was a marvellous sight to see.







(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)

(some old PO directory information courtesy of