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Ipswich Welcome Sailor

historical era: mid 20th century

2 Fore Hamlet

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This pub has been demolished. The property was not listed in 1932, but the pub was listed in the 1903-1923 Borough Police licensed premises register, so must have closed after 1923.

The pub can be seen here on an 1881 map. The Congregational Chapel shown was Grimwade Hall, now part of the residential development that fronts the roundabout between Fore and Back Hamlets.

pub as seen on an 1881 map

It was listed at 1 and 2 Fore Hamlet before 1891 and also mentioned as being in Duke Street.

To be sold by auction, at the White Horse Hotel, Ipswich, the freehold and capitally situated public house known as the Welcome Sailor, at the corner of Duke Street and Fore Hamlet, Ipswich, in the occupation of Mr James Burnett.Ipswich Journal, July 1865**
Married on the 13th at St. Clement's Church, Mr Edward Downing, youngest son of Mr C Downing, to Caroline daughter of Edmund Rose, of the Welcome Sailor, St Clement's [parish], Ipswich.Ipswich Journal, March 1870**

A report in the Ipswich Journal, December 7th 1877** states that landlord, Mr C Bullard, attended a meeting of the Licenced Victullers Association.

Joseph Wilson and Mary Squirrell were lovers, she was married but seperated from her husband but nethertheless her parents disapproved of their relationship. After an afternoon in the St Clements Ale Stores and the evening in the Welcome Stranger the two lay down on the quay and rolled into the water. Wilson was saved but Mary drowned and he was charged with wilful murder, found guilty and sentenced to death.Ipswich Journal, February 12th 1881** (when Mr C Bullard was the landlord)
Wright testified that the cut to Alfred Garnham's face was as a result of a fall in his house and not as the prosecution implied during the act of night poaching for which he was accussed. The verdict was not guilty.Ipswich Journal, February 19th 1884** (when George Wright was the landlord)
My great gran's dad William Holmes ran the Welcome Sailor Inn at 2 Fore Hamlet Ipswich in 1911, according to the 1911 census and my great gran is shown as barmaid. My great gran married Clifford Westrip and they ran a few more pubs in the Ipswich are over the years including the Haven Hotel (around 1949-51), Felixstowe Rd and the County Hotel (around 1942-43) in St Helens St.Darren Holland

(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)

(census information from Dudley Diaper)

(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)