South West, 52.2604,1.10211
closed 30th April 1965
last owner/operator: Lacon's
grid reference TM 117 670
It's shown on this old OS map from about the end of the 19th century. interactive map
The Griffin was built early in the 16th century.
A report in the Ipswich Journal, June 3rd 1837***, stated that Robert Koipe COBBOLD of the Eye Brewery was retiring from business & was looking to sell various Inns & Public Houses including the Griifin, Brockford.
Margaret Clarke was remanded in to custody to appear before the next Bury Assizes, charged with breaking into the house of William Bullock, landlord of the Griffin Inn, Brockford, and stealing 18lbs of pork, 2 cloths, and a handkerchief. Ipswich Journal, July 1870**
Margaret Clarke broke into the Griffin and stole a 13lb ham. Bullock caught her before she got too far. She claimed she was carrying the ham to Eye for a man…
A griffin is a fabulous monster - half eagle and half lion - popular in heraldry and often spelt griffon or gryphon.
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
Closure date from the Eye licensing records.
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)
(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)
Old OS map reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.