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last updated 21/09/2017
Ipswich Welcome Stranger
also traded as as: Welcome Strangershistorical era: Victorian / Edwardian
closed June 19th, 1909
19 (or 17) Fore Hamlet
This was a long standing, low lodging house and beer shop described as "often the resort of tramps, destitutes and other down and outs." In 1841 a newspaper report referred to it as "in so bad condition from imperfect ventilation, uncleanness and the number of persons congregated in [it] that [it was] detrimental to the health of the public." The lodgings comprised two day rooms and six bedrooms and twenty four beds - up to 43 lodgers.
In 1869 it was also listed at 29 Fore Hamlet.
It has since been demolished.
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)