Closed: after 1912
grid reference TM 090 485
The Griffin is shown on the 1882 OS map but not on maps of the 1890s or subsequent editions, although it is listed in the 1911 census. It's now residential.
HE402/1/1852/15 Sale Particulars
Unreserved Sale...at the Golden Lion Hotel, Ipswich on Thursday, 27th May 1852***
Two well accustomed Beer-Houses:
A desirable Dwelling-House and Premises, situate at Somersham, Licensed as the Griffin Beer-House, consisting of Parlour, Tap-room, Pantry, and Back-house, three Chambers, and a large Cellar, a Yard and Garden, with a small timber-built Stable, and a small Meadow adjoining, the whole site...2 Roods and 26 Poles, now in the occupation of Mr. Edward Greene and his under-tenant, Mr. Robert Dickman...sold for £125 to Woodruff? Daniel
A griffin is a fabulous monster - half eagle and half lion - popular in heraldry and often spelt griffon or gryphon.
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(1891 census information from Dudley Diaper)
some old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)