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last updated 30/12/2019

Sudbury White Hart

historical closure era: ancient

Market Hill

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This historic Inn had frontages onto both Sepulchre Street (now Gainsborough Street) and the Market Hill. It was advertised to let[1] in the Ipswich Advertiser in 1766, when it was already regarded as ancient.

NOT to be confused with another pub of the same name located in Cross Street.

The building was completely destroyed in a serious fire early in September 2015. Ironically it was only from reports of the fire that we first positively identified the correct building, so we never got a photograph of it.

Rowland Taylor, the rector of Hadleigh spent a night here en-route to Aldham common where he was burnt at the stake in February 1555 (during Mary's reign as she tried to being Counter Reformation to England) - he was the third Protestant to be burned at the stake during the Marian Persecutions.[1]

(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)

(** report reproduced with kind permission from Foxearth & District Local History Society)

(*** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)

(**** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)


[1] All told during the Marian Persecutions some 284 Protestants (56 of them women) were executed in the UK; 30 died in prison, but the majority were burned alive sometime between 1555 and 1558.