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CAMRA Ipswich & East Suffolk branch.

last updated 09/01/2017

Stowmarket Hop Pole

historical era: mid 20th century

opened 1861 circa

closed 1925

Stowupland St

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This pub was located in Timber Green (to the left of the Station) and originally listed in Stowupland parish.

The Hop Pole was locally known as the Poor Man's Hotel - workmen from outside Stow would stay there during the week. It was in the same building as Lankester and Webb's bonded warehouse (located to the far right of the building).

In 1874 carrier services to Drinkstone on Thursday were provided by Roe and to Rattlesden on Thursday were provided by Crick.

The pub was used as residential housing after closure until its demolition in April 1972.

The pub was originally owned by Stewart & Patterson. Later it was owned by William Downs (1858), Lankaster & Wells (about 1875), Robert Wells (1897), Lancaster, Wells & Bartlett Ltd (about 1904) and lastly Greene King (1919).


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

(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)

(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)