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.
Stowmarket Hop Pole
Stowmarket Hop Pole
opened 1861 circa
grid reference TM 050 589
This pub was located in Timber Green (to the left of the Station) and originally listed in Stowupland parish.
The Hop Pole was locally known as the Poor Man's Hotel - workmen from outside Stow would stay there during the week. It was in the same building as Lankester and Webb's bonded warehouse (located to the far right of the building).
In 1874 carrier services to Drinkstone on Thursday were provided by Roe and to Rattlesden on Thursday were provided by Crick.
The pub was used as residential housing after closure until its demolition in April 1972. Its location has been ascertained by Chris Kenworthy, who found it on an old aerial photo of the town; interestingly, the building was bisected by a railway siding! It can be seen on this old OS map from about 1904 (larger map").
William Hoddy, Hitcham, labourer, was committed for trial for the theft of £14 8s that he had stolen from his father, Robert. William, while in the Stowmarket Hop Pole, rather foolishly challenged the landlord's son, Robert Henry Foster to a £5 bet that he could show him £10 in gold coin.Bury & Norwich Post, December 5th 1882** (when Mr Foster was the landlord)
Robert Thurston, landlord of the Hop Pole, Stowupland was summoned for being drunk at Needham Market. Fined 5s & 12s costs. The Magistrates directed the clerk to contact the licensing authorities & recommend that his licence should not be renewed.Ipswich Journal, December 21st 1869**
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)
(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)