End of an era as pub on Bury St Edmunds estate demolished to make way for 33 homes

The Priors Inn - demolished ANL-150527-110339001
The Priors Inn - demolished ANL-150527-110339001
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It is the end of an era for a Bury St Edmunds estate as an 80-year-old pub has been demolished to make way for 33 new homes.

The Priors Inn, in Priors Avenue, was reduced to rubble last week for the Havebury Housing Partnership development, which includes a mix of one and two bedroom bungalows, houses and flats.

The Priors Inn ANL-150527-110353001

The Priors Inn ANL-150527-110353001

The pub, which closed in 2013 and was one of the largest in the town, was built in 1933 and got its licence from the Horse & Groom pub, in St Andrew’s Street South where the Moza Indian Takeaway is now.

Historian Martyn Taylor, who took the pictures to the right, said its demolition marked the end of an era.

He said: “It was a proper community pub - an estate pub.”

Mr Taylor noted that it is one of several which have closed in recent years with time also called permanently on The Minden Rose, Elephant & Castle and The Falcon.

A spokeswoman for Havebury Housing confirmed the new development is expected to be completed by next summer.

The block of flats will be called Britten Place after Benjamin Britten and the main close will be named Perry Barn Close.

Explaining the name’s significance, Mr Taylor said the Home Guard Club, in Abbot Road, was once known as Perry Barn and the Perry Barn Estate owned much of what was the Priors estate.

He added that today’s Ashwell Road was once Perry Road and Beaumont Close was Perry Close.