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Sudbury Anchor

Sudbury Anchor

also traded as Anchor Hotel

Closed 2010/2011

opened 1450

last owner/operator: Enterprise

2 Friars St, CO10 2AA

grid reference TL 873 412

A lively town centre pub which was, at the time it closed, the oldest remaining pub in town, dating from the 16th or 17th century (it may have been part of the adjacent White Hart at some point). It had 3 letting rooms. Shakespeare once played at the pub.

It has now been converted to retail use, having been boarded up and empty for some time.

Part of the building was damaged in the serious fire which engulfed several adjacent buildings in September 2015.

It's shown as an un-named hotel on this old OS map from about the end of the 19th century. interactive map

old OS map





Historical interest

Historical interest




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

(some old PO directory information courtesy of

(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)

(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)

(**** Last Orders is a free local newsletter - published by Suffolk CAMRA memers since 1978)

Old OS map reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.

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