Sudbury Olde Bull
Sudbury Olde Bull
also traded as Bull Inn
South West, 52.03571,0.72215
Closed around 2013 and later converted to a restaurant.
35-36 Church St, CO10 2BL
grid reference TL 868 409
It's shown on this OS town plan from 1881 (larger map).
Currently (April 2013) closed. Though we understand a potential tenant has shown an interest in reopening the pub. If you hear it's been reopened, please let us know. The Bull was apparently de-licensed in the 1950s; we don't know when it reopened.
The Olde Bull is a mid 16th-17th century building with 18th century additions at the west-end. Known as the Bull hotel, it was once known for bull baiting in the yard of the inn.
When it closed in 1959, the license was transferred to the nearby Spread Eagle.
Died on 12 Dec 1815, Mrs Spurgin wife of Mr Spurgin, of the Bull Inn, Sudbury. Ipswich Journal, Dec 1815**
Died on the 2 May 1865, to the inexpressible grief of his wife and children, Mr Stephen Spurgin, of the Bull Inn, Sudbury, aged 61. Ipswich Journal, May 1865**
A young lad was sitting a cart belonging to Mrs Spurgin of the Bull Inn, and while the cart was standing outside a shop in Sepulchre Street, the horse suddenly started off at some pace. When passing the Black Boy Inn, the young boy took fright and jumped out. Unfortunately, he fell onto his head and was taken into the Black Boy where brandy was administered. It was first feared he would not survive but within a short time was showing signs of recovery…
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(some old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)
Old OS map reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.