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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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