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Red Lion Inn


Pub History

1768 & 1787

Chapman's Map of Newmarket


  • The Red Lion was at one time an important inn in Newmarket - it no longer exists and there are no buildings left that give any clues about its construction.

    c. 1750 the Red Lion was Newmarket's main inn. Further details about this can be found on the following page on the British History Online web site:-

    It's also shown on both of Chapman's maps of Newmarket of 1768 and 1787.

    If you refer to the interactive map page and hover the cursor over the High Street end of Rous Road you'll see that the location of the Red Lion straddles Rous Road, with a row of buildings on each side of the road - the courtyard in between approximately following the line of the present day road.

  • Referring to numerous articles on the British Newspaper Archive web site the Red Lion Inn appears in many reports up until 1820, then in an article in the Norfolk Chronicle on Saturday 20th October 1821, about 'Mary, the wife Mr. John Edwards, late the Red Lion Inn, Newmarket, She was taken suddenly ill, and before medical could be procured, expired in her husband's arms.' ... there appears to be no further articles after that date - hence presumably the Inn closed sometime around 1820(?)

  • Chapman's Map of Newmarket 1768

  • Saturday 13 January 1776, Ipswich Journal

    Yesterday morning about 6 the Norwich coach was stopped about one and a half miles from Newmarket by a highway man who was shot at by a passenger, upon him clapping his horse with his spurs he rode off a yards and fell, he was taken up and carried to the Red Lion Inn in Newmarket but expired an hour after. He had no pistol but used an iron candlestick, he proves to be one Walker whose father sometime kept the Star Inn, Newmarket.

    Wednesday 29 October 1817, Bury and Norwich Post

    MARRIED. On Wednesday last Mr. Baldwin, of London, to Miss M. Edwards, daughter of Mr. Edwards, of the Red Lion Inn, Newmarket.

    Wednesday 23 May 1855, Bury and Norwich Post

    Desirably situated for Business, in the High-street, near the Public Hall.
    By Mr, E. FIEST,
    At the White Hart Hotel, Newmarket, on Monday, May 28th, 1855, at Seven for Eight o'clock in the Evening precisely, by direction of the Proprietor.
    ALL those TWO newly-erected brick-and-slated DWELLING HOUSES and SHOPS, situate and being at the East End of the Town of Newmarket, in the Parish of All Saints, in the County of Cambridge, abutting North on the Public-street, South on part of the Estate of the Marchioness of Hertford, East on houses now or late belonging to Mrs. Levett, and West on premises formerly used as an Inn, called the " Red Lion," as the said Dwelling Houses, Shops, and Premises, with the appurtenances theruneto belonging, are now in the several occupations of Mr. Samuel Howlett and Mr. Wm. Turner, Boot and Shoe Makers, at a Rental of £40 per annum.
    Part of the Purchase-money may remain on mortgage.
    The above very desirable Houses and Shops have been substantially erected, and fitted up by the present proprietor at considerable cost within the last three years. The Fixtures, which are all modern and of the most useful character, will be included in the purchase. There is a pump of excellent water, which is used in common with the tenants of the adjoining property. Further particulars may be known on application to Mr. William Cripps Kitchener, Solicitor; or to the Auctioneer, Imperial Fire and Life Offices, High-street, Newmarket.

    Newmarket: its sports and personalities by Frank Silzter. Published 1923

    '... On the site of the existing Town Hall, and standing some way back from the road, beyond the Rutland Arms, was the cockpit so much frequented by Charles II. In the cellars of this Hall some traces of the old walls are still to be found. Adjacent to the cockpit was another inn, the Red Lion, where Thomas Panton tenanted some stabling; bordering upon this were gardens and plantations which led to the Dalham Road, the Horse Shoes Inn, and a house and small property belonging to William Crofts, Esq. I am unable to assign a date to Heath House; if it contains any old buildings, they were probably part of the property just mentioned.

  • (See below for this article on page 114 from 'Newmarket its sports & personalities'.)

  • Referred to in the above article, there were two Thomas Pantons that lived in Newmarket - father and son - they lived in a mansion
    at No.103 High Street. and No.105 High Street.

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Newmarket its sports & personalities Page 114

Newmarket its sports & personalities Page 114

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