Photo of Ship Inn

grid reference TM 170 441

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last updated 19/04/2018

Ipswich Ship Inn

historical era: Victorian / Edwardian

opened 15th century

closed 1922??

27-29 Back Hamlet

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The Ship Inn was demolished and the road has been widened; the site is now part of the car park in front of current St Clements congregational chapel (on the opposite side of the road to the original one as shown on map below).

These premises were listed in the 1844 White's Directory with carriers operating from the inn to Henley.

The pub is shown below on an 1881 map. The original Congregational chapel shown was later to become the Grimwade Hall, now part of a residential development fronting the junction between Fore & Back Hamlets - all other property depicted apart from Steam Packet pub has since been demolished.

as seen on an 1881 map

A reference appears in the Ipswich Journal, February 16th 1734***, to a Cock Match at Mr Thomas Hopwood's at the Ship in St Clement's Parish, Ipswich

Jean Caley tells us:

My Grandmother (aged 83) in 1983 was the grand-daughter of the Publican Jim or James Aldous. He had several children and Ada Aldous (my great grandmother, also called "happy Ada Aldous") was one of them. My grandmother was called Gertrude Ethel Hooker and was the daughter of Joseph Hooker, Master Mariner who owned 2 boats, both of which were kept in the Harbour. So they lived nearby!

I also have a book called East Coast Sail, Working Sail 1850 -1979 by Robert Simper. It shows a picture of the man who bought Joseph Hooker's boat - Captain Frank George Webb. It goes on to say that the sprit sail barge was purchased by Captain Frank George Webb and Jim Aldous who kept the Ship Inn in the Back Hamlet area of Ipswich. Eventually Webb bought out Jim Aldous's share in the barge.

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

(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)