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Burnt Fen is part of the Beck Row, Holywell Row and Kenny Hill parish
CAMRA West Suffolk & Borders branch.
last updated 18/09/2017
Burnt Fen Pig & Whistlehistorical closure era: mid 20th century
closed 1950s late
A fair used to be held in front of the pub.
My grandfather was the landlord from about 1911 or 1912. My father was a baby when thay moved in after being flooded out by little ouse (on the Norfolk side of the river). After my grandfather finished with the pub my fathers brother Jim then took over and was the last landlord there was when he called time and the doors closed for the last time. I have a photo of my father and uncle Jim with others outside the Pig and Whistle in 1920 - published - I think thay were just off to play couits (quoits) and thay were runners up in the West Suffolk league that year. Uncle Jim is 5th from left and my father is the young boy with the dog in front of him. The lady in the picture is my aunt Mabel.from Francis Brown
The pub was demolished in the 1980s. It may also be referenced in Kenny Hill.
It's shown on this old OS map from about the end of the 19th century. larger map
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(1861 census information from Malcolm Fairley)
Old OS map reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.