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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 King's Arms

Stowmarket King's Arms

closed 1847.

opened 1660 circa

Ipswich St

grid reference TM 048 585

The King's Arms stood roughly where the current Thornton's and Argos stores are.

It was used as a staging post for coaches in the early 19th century. It was closed for conversion into retail premises (later William Turners drapery shop).

The King's Arms was described by Hollingsworth in his History of Stowmarket as an "old sign made new" ie reuse of a sign probably banned during the Commonwealth era. It was later owned by William Goodwin and son (brass founders) from 1717 to 1747. Maltings and stabling was also located on the same site at this time. Later owners included Leonard & Shadrack Munnings (1748-92) and John Boby (1792-1817). Thomas Sheldrake subsequently owned the inn from 1818 until 1846.

The building was demolished in 1970.

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(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)

(detailed information from Neil Langridge - and also Brian Southgate - see their book "Stowmarket, Combs and Stowupland Pubs" published by Polstead Press in 2009)

(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)

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