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Needham Market George

Needham Market George

also traded as Saint George, George & Dragon

closed 1871

opened 1550

119-121 High St

grid reference TM 087 551

A three bay house with a large chimney to the southern apex. Owned by Messrs Ridley from 1848. A fair took place near inn on 28th & 29th October each year from 1839 and "the suspicion of strangers was lifted" leading to the pub filling with gypsies and horse dealers. Performing bears and boxing booths appeared along with various amusements including galloping horses and a big organ in George yard. The fair was abolished in 1871 by Lord Ashburnham. The pub is now used as a shop."Needham Market Pubs" by Desmond and Shelagh Herring

The pub was probably built by John Tarver in 1550. Soon after both John and wife Joan were in the Manor court for "not observing good rules in their house"…





Historical interest

Historical interest




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

(information from book "Needham Market Pubs" by Desmond and Shelagh Herring)

(** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)