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A report in the Bury & Norwich Post** on Oct-24 in 1838 when Mr Hamblin was the landlord states that :
"Six young men left Harwich in a galley boat belonging to Mr Hamblin of the White Lion Inn, Ipswich. When they reached Shotley Point a sudden squall came on them and upset the boat. The accident was observed by the mate of an Ipswich Trader, Thomas Cooper, who gave immediate assistance. Cooper rescuded 3 brothers named Lea but could not save Henry Sharman who was entangled in the rigging. The body of the fifth man, Henry's brother Robert, was not seen nor found."
Pub building was demolished in 1924 when the Stoke bridge was widened.
It has been reported to have closed in 1913, but the Borough Police licensed premises register still listed it as late as 1923, so this seems to be wrong.
last updated 15/01/2015
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(detailed information from Peter S. Wyant)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)