9. The Sun Hotel

Sun Street, SG5 1AF

The Sun Hotel, dating from around 1575, rapidly became the foremost inn in the town. During the Civil War it was headquarters for 3,000 Parliamentary troops. In 1799, 250 French prisoners were held overnight in the yard. Later it was an important staging post for coaches and, from 1850, ran its own cab to and from the railway station on the arrival of the railway. As well as being an important social venue, much parish and local government business took place here. The building is Grade II* listed. Its brick frontage was added in 1770.

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