Although the government has now allowed pubs to reopen, many are still unable to do so safely, while most if not all are only able to accommodate limited numbers of customers. Many of them are still reliant on providing takeaway food and/or drinks. Some offer deliveries, while others are selling from the premises. This page lists details of those we know about.
If you can give any of our pubs some support through these difficult times by buying some takeaway food or drink, please do so. Our pubs need as much support as possible if they're going to still be there for us when the crisis is over.
Stowmarket Pot of Flowers
Stowmarket Pot of Flowers
also traded as Flowerpott, Tyrell Arms
opened about 1707
90-92 Bury St
grid reference TM 047 589
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. interactive map
Died on the 25th April, at Stowmarket, Mrs Ann Rice, for many years landlady of the Tyrell Arms Inn, Stowmarket.Ipswich Journal, April 1850**
To be sold by auction, on the premises, known as, the Pot of Flowers, Bury Street, Stowmarket, without reserve, all the household furniture, consisting of sets of Mahogany, Elm and Cane seated chairs,, 8 day clocks and dials; mahogany and wainscot dining, Pembroke, and other tables; bureau; 4-post, tent, sofa and other bedsteads; 8 capital featherbeds; chest of drawers, and the usual bed and sitting room furniture; china, glass and earthenware; trade requisites and utensils…
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.
(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.