Photo of Pot of Flowers

grid reference TM 047 589

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listed building grade II

CAMRA Ipswich & East Suffolk branch.

last updated 25/01/2020

Stowmarket Pot of Flowers

also traded as as: Flowerpott, Tyrell Arms

historical closure era: late 20th century

opened about 1707

closed 1978

90-92 Bury St

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The pub was called the Tyrell Arms from 1831 to 1844 (The Tyrells were a local family resident at Gipping Hall).

Now residential, the building dates from the late 18th century.

It's often referred to as The Flowerpott in old documents.

Like quite a few other Stow pubs it was owned in the late 18th century by the Aldrich family of brewers until when, in 1805 John Aldrich, in financial trouble signed all his pubs in and around Stowmarket over to his father in law John Cobbold, the Ipswich brewer.

It's shown (though not named) on this old OS map from about the end of the 19th century. larger map

old OS map

(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.


The name also occurs elsewhere in the country and may have referred to the Lily that was associated with The Virgin Mary, if so this would suggest that pubs of this name dated back to before the Reformation and the reluctance to use the name afterwards, There is no evidence to put the Stowmarket pub back that far though.