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Sudbury Ship & Star

Sudbury Ship & Star

also traded as Hole in the Wall

North, 52.03625,0.72523

Closed: some time between 1997 and 2006.

opened 15th Century

59 & 61 Friars St

grid reference TL 870 410

According to "Sudbury through the ages" (by Barry L. Wall, approximately 1984)*** this is traditionally supposed to have been an ale house run by the Friars. It was constructed against the Friary wall and parts may certainly date back to the fifteenth century so it could possibly have once claimed to be the towns oldest Inn. It once had a gable fronting the street but this was removed in the 17th century when the western extension was annexed to it.

The inn has some associations with Sudbury’s wicked electoral past and there are tales of human bones being found in the walls after a fire last century (1800’s). A more pleasant memory is that Julian Tennyson wrote much of “Suffolk Scene” while staying here.…





Historical interest

Historical interest




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

(** report reproduced with kind permission from Foxearth & District Local History Society)

(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)

(*** information from Bob Mitchell)

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