Location:- Bury Road

Brewery or Owner:-freehouse

Bedford Lodge was originally a house in very extensive grounds. It was built circa 1820 for the sixth Duke of Bedford as his Newmarket residence. Subsequently within the same small estate were Bedford House and Stables (q.v.)(and then including Bedford Cottage, now Rockfield House), and the former Bedford Lodge Stables, now separately occupied as Highfield Stables (q.v.), and Shalfleet Stables (q.v.). After the death of the seventh Duke in 1861 the estate was purchased by Sir Joseph Hawley, who sold it on to the Duke's former trainer, William Butler. Butler demolished the Lodge's original stabling and sold the Lodge to Joe Dawson who built the main range of stables adjoining it (now Highfield Stables) in 1864. After Dawson's death in 1880 the Lodge and stables were bought by the racehorse manager, Captain J.O.Machell (who had been at Bedford House and Stables since the 1860's). He extended the Lodge c.1885 to provide additional accommodation, including a saloon for boxing matches, for his lessee, George Alexander Baird, racehorse owner and gentleman jockey. After Baird's death in 1893 both the Lodge and stables were sold to the Earl of Derby and for him there were major additions 1904-5 by John Leslie. The house was converted to a hotel in 1947. The stables were re-named Shalfleet Stables, the major part in turn becoming Highfield Stables in 1963.

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Year Licensee Owner source
1949 Mrs Evelyn Jones (residents only) Mrs Evelyn Beatrice Jones Bury Free Press
1951 Aimee Margaret Steavenson freehouse Bury Free Press
1951 sold in March 1951 for £14,750 and again in August Bury Free Press
1953 unknown freehouse Bury Free Press
1954 fully licensed freehouse Bury Free Press
1977 Terence Foreman freehouse
1985 Joseph Preston freehouse
2005 Ms Victoria May Doughty Bedford Lodge Ltd
2006 Alan Fuller Bedford Lodge Ltd
2007 Noel Gerard Byrne Bedford Lodge Ltd
2009 Alan Duncan Cowie Bedford Lodge Ltd
2010 sold for 12.5M Review Hotels Ltd
2013 Noel Gerard Bryne Review Hotels Ltd
2019 now 80 bedrooms Review Hotels Ltd



2019 The Spa. Rockfield House, that was, in the background