Sudbury Four Swans
Sudbury Four Swans
also traded as Lion
10 North St
grid reference TL 873 414
A Victorian brewery was on the site, as well as the pub.
Raymond Pike tells us:
My 2 times Great Great Grandfather George Gross purchased the inn when it was the Lion. He enlarged and improved it adding a market room, billiard room, and renaming it the Four swans. After his death, in 1867, his wife Mary Ann and son ran it. Before the Four Swans my Grandfather had been the inn keeper of the Christopher inn in Sepulchre street Sudbury. I hope this is of some interest to you .keep up the great work.
It's shown as an un-named hotel on this old OS map from about the end of the 19th century. interactive map
G.G. CROSS, Late of the Christopher Inn, Sepulchre St, Sudbury…in consequence of the expiration of the above Inn, he has purchased commodious Premises, known as the Lion Inn, North Street, situate in the principle thoroughfare of the town, and within 2 minutes walk of the Railway Station & Corn Exchange…These premises are now open under the name of "The Four Swans Commercial Inn" (Thanks given) for the last 14 years.Ipswich Journal, February 5th 1857**
William Bailey, successor to Mr A Gross, Four Swans, Commercial Hotel and Posting House, North Street, Sudbury, wishes to inform the inhabitants of Sudbury, and its vicinity, that he has taken the above Hotel, which is replete with every comfort…
(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.