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last updated 30/12/2019
Bury St Edmunds Oddfellows' Arms
also traded as as: Angel & Crown, Old Angel, Odd Fellows' Armshistorical closure era: mid 20th century
44 College St
This was originally made up of 2 houses, both built in the 16th century.
The Oddfellows is also listed at Hatter Street in 1823 and at 38 College Street in 1855.
It's shown as the Old Angel Hotel on this OS town plan of 1885.
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(1861 census information from Malcolm Fairley)
(** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)
The Angel & Crown was popular sign in 17th cent. England especially after the restoration of Charles II in 1760. Usually two angels are depicted.
The Independent Order of Oddfellows is a benevolent society, active since the early 19th cent. The origins of the name are far earlier though and it was originally an alternate to individual trade guilds - that were highly sucessful in medieval England in promoting apprentiships and restricting membership to protect craft skills. The power of such organisations were reduced by Henry VIII in 1545 when he confiscated their property, and further reduced in 1563 when Elizabeth I removed the responsibility for regulating apprentiships. Other legislation in 18th cent. made such organisations increasingly secretive though they continued to meet in local pubs.