South West, 52.18705,0.99698
27 Ipswich St
grid reference TM 049 585
The hotel is shown on this OS town plan from 1885 (larger map).
Now subdivided into several shops and a wine-bar, the Fox dates from the 17th century, with frequent alterations since.
It was historically a family & commercial hotel and posting house.
An Inn called the Fox is mentioned in fire insurance records dating from 1775.
The annual supper of the principal tradesmen and others connected with Stowmarket took place at the Fox Hotel, when nearly 40 sat down to a splendid feast, provided by Mr E Bridges, in his usual liberal manner. Ipswich Journal, Jan 1870**
About 50 persons sat down to the Stowmarket Supper, held at the Fox Hotel, in January 1875. The very excellent dinner was presided over by Captain H A Oakes, churchwarden, and provided by the hosts Mr and Mrs Bridges.Ipswich Journal, January 1875**
There was a large gathering for the Stowmarket Cricket Club’s first game of the season after which the company adjourned to the Fox Hotel, where a good tea was served by Mr Bridges…
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(detailed information from Neil Langridge - and also Brian Southgate - see their book "Stowmarket, Combs and Stowupland Pubs" published by Polstead Press in 2009)
(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.