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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.

Stowmarket Staff of Life

Stowmarket Staff of Life

closed 1911

opened about 1836

26 Stowupland St

grid reference TM 049 588

The Staff of Life may have been a shop before becoming a beer house.

The pub was owned by John Cobbold, the Ipswich brewer, from 1836-49. Thomas Prentice & Co owned it from 1887-1907.

It was converted to residential use after closure.

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Footnote

Bread is said to be the staff of life - thanks to Edward Edwards (early 1880s traveller) a lump of cheese and jug of beer may also be depicted together with the loaf!

(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 Bob Mitchell)

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