Gedding Fox & Hounds
Gedding Fox & Hounds
also traded as Last?
South East, 52.18827,0.83775
grid reference TL 940 582
A public house called the Last seems to have been located here for a while. Currently, we are not sure if it is the same building or not.
The Fox & Hounds is listed in the 1851 census with four households, none of whom are shown as publicans. Most other censuses up to 1901 name Fox & Hounds. It is usually listed between Gedding Last and Frogs Hall, next to cottage at Abbot's Farm and Bradfield Rd. (Probably towards the north west of the village).
Our photograph and location show a building called "Reynard House" on the OS map, which strongly suggests it may have been the pub, especially as it's in roughly the right location. Though signs at the gate show it's now known as Hubbard Corner.
According to the Felsham & Gedding history group:
A local newspaper at the beginning of the 19th century advertised an auction of horses, steers, heifers, sheep and hogs to be held at the Fox & Hounds in Gedding on Monday, August 17, 1801, being Felsham fair-day.'
A show of horses at the sign of the Last in Gedding on Sat next… gentlemen will be met with a hearty welcome by their humble servant, B MorganIpswich Journal, 9 Aug 1794
To be sold by auction all the household furniture and effects of Mr Robert Vale, leaving the Fox and Hounds, Gedding, comprising 4 post, sacken bottom, and bureau bedsteads, 3 excellent featherbeds and bedding, handsome mahogany double chest with drawers, capital mahogany dining and pillar tables, with covers, bookcase with glass doors, Scotch carpets, good walnut tree parlour and chamber chairs, elm and wainscot tables, pair of copper scales and twenty eight and a half pound of brass weights, fire irons, tea kitchen, boilers, pails, mash tun, beer casks, kitchen requisites etc.Ipswich Journal, January 1810**
Sale by Auction…
(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)