Beccles Black Boy
Beccles Black Boy
also traded as Black Boys
North West, 52.45324,1.56833
opened 1671 or earlier
last owner/operator: Steward & Patteson (Watneys)
grid reference TM 425 899
It can be seen here on this OS town plan of 1884 (larger map).
Since closure it has been demolished for new housing. It appears in records as far back as 1671.
The main picture was shared with us by David Wallace who was pictured in the Beccles and Bungay Journal in April 1971 when he was repainting the exterior of the pub. Described in the paper as "a hazardous business because the public house stands flush with a sharp bend on the busy Lowestoft-Beccles main road." Many thanks to David for sharing this image with us.
Listed in Ingate in Pigot's 1840 directory.
The Beccles Brewery was sold with a house, gardens, building plots, a hotel [Kings Head] and 32 public houses previously owned by Frederick William Farr, at the Kings Head in Beccles on 28 Apr 1852. See Suffolk Archives Ref: 559/1 - This sale included the Black Boy and a private house near the public house in Blyburgate, Beccles [landlord William Read]
At the Beccles Petty Sessions held in February 1885 a temporary license for the Black Boy was granted to Mrs M A Elliott until the regular transfer day in March…
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
Some information from records transcribed by Foxearth & District Local History Society.
(some old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)
(** 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.