Eye White Lion (White Lyon)

Eye White Lion (White Lyon)

North West, 52.3204,1.14609

closed 1986

17 Broad St

grid reference TM 145 738

It's shown here (though not named) on an old OS map from about the end of the 19th century. interactive map

old OS map

The building dates from the 15th century.

Formerly a Family & Commercial hotel & posting house.

Leonard Thompson describes this inn in his book** as follows:

the most interesting feature is the Ball room… The whole graceful elegance of this apartment, with its snug musicians galley, tall Georgian window, dignified Adams mantlepiece and its chaste, white enamel panelling… belongs to another age... The files of the Suffolk Chronicle also contain many 19th century advertisements for events at the Eye White Lion and all of these point to the fact that the inn was a pivot around which social life in this little Suffolk town revolved. Assemblies, soirées, routs, crushes and drums..…





Historical interest

Historical interest




(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.