Ipswich Neptune Inn
previously known as Ye Olde Neptune Inne
opened 15th century
86 Fore St
grid reference TM 168 441
listed building grade II*
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last updated 05/06/2015
Built 15th/16th century, but with several alterations and extensions since.
A report in the Ipswich Journal on Sat 10 Jan 1789 states :
On Wed last died suddenly aged 55 years, Mr Thomas Podd, master of the Neptune inn in Ipswich. He was a good friend and neighbour, and his death is much regretted.
A report in the Ipswich Journal on Sat 24 Jan 1789 states :
to be sold by auction on Tue 03 Feb at 6 o'clock that old established and good accustomed inn known by the name or sign of the Neptune inn in St Clements, Fore st, late in the occupation of Mr Thomas Podd (dec) with a tenement adjoining. Also a malting office adjoining, 25 Coombs steep, with extensive granaries and a convenient quay and wharf for shipping corn, in the occupation of Mr Lionel Pepper.
In 1888 Dr JE Taylor said "perhaps the most notable part is the present tap room. The quay labourers sit over their beer in a carved-ceilinged, oak panelled room, the mantel piece of which is good enough to lead to the sin of covetousness. Upstairs, the front room has a plastered ceiling, modelled in sections, with the Tudor rose as the chief ornament. The back room is evidently older than the front." - sadly the panelling was removed in 1924.
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(detailed information from Old inns of Suffolk by Leonard P Thompson)