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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

closed 1925.

opened 1861 circa

Stowupland St

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").

old OS map

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Historical interest

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Landlords

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(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)

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