In the light of the government announcement of March 20th, all pubs are now closed until further notice.
Some of them may well still be offering a takeaway beer service and some others will also be selling food takeaways, perhaps even with delivery. If you can give any of our pubs some support through these terrible times by buying some takeaway food or drink, please do so. Our pubs need as much support of possible if they're going to still be there for us when the crisis is over.
Lavenham Black Lion
Lavenham Black Lion
also traded as Lion
Closed about 1925.
10-12 High St
grid reference TL 915 492
Several buildings of varying ages were joined together when the inn opened. Some parts date as far back as the 15th century.
In 1830 a carrier to London called James Ablitt from Sudbury called at the pub every Tuesday & Thursday.
The inn is shown on this old OS map from about the end of the 19th century. larger map
A Victorian brewery once operated here.
This was one of the last pubs in Britain to organise bull-baiting; William Matthiam and others being prosecuted for this in 1842. The Sudbury Post** reported:…
To be sold, the Messuage or Tenement called the Black Lion in Lavenham, with the buildings and a piece of pasture ground, (an acre) all in the occupation of James Mills. Inquire of Michael Mortlock of Hawstead.Ipswich Journal, 4th Mar 1780***
Lavenham – the annual shew of horses will be held at the usual place on Shrove Tuesday Fed 12 when the favours of all gentlemen, horse dealers and others will be gratefully acknowledged by their humble servants: including James Raynham at Black LionIpswich Journal, 2 Feb 1782
This is to give notice that the annual shew of horses and colts will be held as usual at the Swan in Lavenham on Shrove Tuesday the 24th inst. Where a good ordinary will be provided at 1 o clock and also at the Black Lion and Angel…
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(some old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)
(** report reproduced with kind permission from Foxearth & District Local History Society)
(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)