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listed building grade II
CAMRA West Suffolk & Borders branch.
last updated 25/01/2020
also traded as as: Anchor Hotelhistorical closure era: 21st century
last owner Enterprise
2 Friars St, CO10 2AA
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. larger map
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(some old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)
(** 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.