In 1900 some 10 carrier's wagons used it as the base to and from the villages on market days.
In Bury St Edmunds it was decided to celebrate the occasion along with the Queen's birthday on 24th May, and the Mayor had to quickly get arrangements made for a School holiday and a half day shop and business closure.Bury was home to about 16,000 people, and building continued to be needed to house them. A good builder might make £10 profit on a house sold for £100. Houses were largely built in pairs, or small terraces, like the pair of grandly named "villas" illustrated here in Hospital Road.Colonel Baden-Powell had led a masterly defence, until a relief column finally arrived on 17th May, 1900, after a 217 day siege.When news reached home the streets were full of celebrating crowds in towns and cities all over the country.The White Lion was still an important Carriers' House in 1900, despite the decline of the Wagonners and Carters over the past 50 years since railways.
Its yard in Brentgovel Street still saw up to 16 wagons pull in from the villages on market day mornings.
In the first few months the British suffered many reverses.
Patriotism ran high in these days of Empire, and Queen Victoria sent consignments of chocolate to the troops wishing them a Happy New Year for January 1st, 1900.
Walter Greene had been defeated when he tried to become MP for North West Suffolk in 1891, but this time he was unopposed.
This was fortunate for him, as he was not to prove much of a politician. At Bury the locals were proud to say that the streets and public buildings would soon be lit by electricity as the works, which belonged to the corporation, were completed in 1900.
The extra ornamental detailing probably indicated a higher priced dwelling than normal.