Eye White Lion
Eye White Lion
17 Broad St
grid reference TM 145 738
The building dates from the 15th century.
Formerly a Family & Commercial hotel & posting house.
In 1830 the "Monarch" coach to London (via Ipswich) called here every evening at 7pm whilst the "Monarch" coach to Norwich called every morning at 6am. Also the "Star" to London (from Yarmouth) called every morning at half past ten whilst the returning "Star" to Yarmouth (via Bungay & Beccles) called every eve at half past five.
In the February 1986 edition of Last Orders**** it was reported that the inn was closed for alterations including expansion plans to create a series of 7 bar areas - but it never reopened. It was subsequently converted to shops and a theatre (since closed).
It's shown here (though not named) on an old OS map from about the end of the 19th century. interactive map
John Marsh of Eye; is removed from the Sun-Inn to the White-Lyon in the same Town; where there is a Billiard Table and a Cock-Pit to be Sold, a good pennyworth.Ipswich Journal, August 21st & 28th 1725***
John Knevett from Gasthorpe Gate, has taken the White Lion Inn, at the Burgh of Eye.Ipswich Journal, April 14th 1744***
Daniel Dickerson, from the Three Cranes in Yarmouth, has taken the White Lion at Eye.Ipswich Journal, 16 Oct 1773***
To be sold, the White Lyon in Eye, now in good and tenantable Repair at an old Rent of £40, in the Occupation of Daniel Dickerson, Tenant at Will.Ipswich Journal, 12 Mar 1774***
John Nicholas, late Butler to Rowland Holt Esq. has taken the White Lion Inn, Eye.Ipswich Journal, 30 Aug 1777***
OTE: The inn was offered for sale in the next week's paper!!!…
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)
(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)
(**** Last Orders is a free local newsletter - published by Suffolk CAMRA members since 1978)
Old OS map reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.