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CAMRA Ipswich & East Suffolk branch.
last updated 30/12/2019
Offton Shoulder of Muttonhistorical closure era: Victorian / Edwardian
closed Between 1901 and 1909?
This sixteenth century house was bought by the Suffolk Author H W Freeman's parents and he later lived there with his German wife Betty (Elizabeth Boebecker). The house is on the left hand side of the road if you go from the Offton Limeburners towards Ipswich, just after the Elmsett turning. I don't think it has been a pub since around the 1850's.
(Information from a book on Harold Freeman's life, and my father who did a lot of work on the house for Freeman - Rob Hughes)
This pub's location was a detached part of Willisham Parish until about 1890.
The last publican we have a record for was in 1901. The 1909 Rate book lists the building as "late an inn", so it evidently closed between those dates, probably nearer to 1909 than 1901.
The pub can be seen on this old OS map from about the end of the 19th century. larger map
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(some old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)
(1891 census information from Dudley Diaper)
Old OS map reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.