Nostalgia: High class trade went up in smoke

PUBLISHED: 12:14 27 July 2006 | UPDATED: 10:34 06 May 2010

The Sun Private Hotel circa 1915

The Sun Private Hotel circa 1915

The Sun Inn Biggleswade Part Two The Georgian period DURING this period the Sun Inn was the principal inn in the town with its key position on the Great North Road. A notice appeared in the Northampton Mercury in September 1787. The key points are: Al

The Sun Inn Biggleswade

Part Two

The Georgian period

DURING this period the Sun Inn was the principal inn in the town with its key position on the Great North Road.

A notice appeared in the Northampton Mercury in September 1787.

The key points are:

All that valuable and old accustomed INN called the SUN, most eligibly situated on the High North Road at BIGGLESWADE, BEING NOW IN FULL TRADE, AND FREQUENTED BY THE FIRST COMPANY IN THE KINGDOM; with all the lands and APURTENANCES thereto belonging. The premises comprise the Mansion House, replete with Eating Rooms, Parlours, Guest and Servants Bed Chambers, Bar Room, Kitchen, complete Brewhouse, with large Wine and Beer cellars; handsome Garden in front of the house, well fenced and planted; double Yard, which contains good stables for near 80 horses; Tap Room, Hostlers, Post Boys and Soldiers rooms. Chaise and Harness Houses. Annexed is the Back Yard, containing a Corn Barn, Butchers Shop, Granaries, extensive and warm Hovel, Drying-Ground & Stack Yard, Kitchen Garden, Fish Pond and Tool House. Joining these is the Bowling Green and Summer-House, which opens onto three pieces of rich arable and pasture land of 29 acres. All in the occupation of William Knight at the low rent of £140 per annum.

There was slight damage during a serious fire in this part of Biggleswade in 1783.

Following the great fire of Biggleswade in 1785, The Swan and Crown Inns in High Street were rebuilt with modern facilities.

It is possible that the high-class trade that The Sun enjoyed was diverted to these new establishments.

This may be the reason that The Sun was offered for sale by auction on August 28, 1823, but this time in lots.


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