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Important Covid information

The first tranche of pubs (those able to serve outdoors) have now been allowed to reopen. The rest of our pubs may be permitted to reopen from May 17th.

Pubs providing takeaways continue to be listed on this page.

Those known to have reopened or to be planning to reopen as soon as permitted are listed on this page.

Bury St Edmunds Oddfellows' Arms

Bury St Edmunds Oddfellows' Arms

also traded as Angel & Crown, Old Angel, Odd Fellows' Arms

Closed between 1920 and 1970

44 College St

grid reference TL 854 638

This was originally made up of 2 houses, both built in the 16th century.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.

old OS map

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Footnote

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.

(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)

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