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Sudbury Four Swans

Sudbury Four Swans

also traded as Lion

closed 1997

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

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.