Photo of Earl Grey

Ipswich Earl Grey

historical era: mid 20th century

closed 1955

1-3 Fore Hamlet

grid reference TM 170 440

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last updated 12/04/2015

Also listed at 13 Fore Hamlet (1881 census).

The pub stood just in front of where Grimwade Hall (now flats) once stood.

It has been reported as closing in 1949, but the Ipswich licensing records show it closing in April 1955, with the license being transferred to the Flying Horse. (The property was certainly not listed in 1956)

Also may be listed as in Back Hamlet.

It was demolished in the late-1950s.

Charlie Bishop tells us:

I lived in Ipswich for 18 years but was not born early enough to remember the Earl Grey, although I do remember Tolly ales. My late father's photo collection includes the Earl Grey (see pictures) and was taken in September 1957 - although the pub does not look very active. My father was a meticulous recorder of almost everything so I am convinced that this date is accurate.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** in Sep 1870 states that : The application made by Richard Green for a full license was refused by magistrates.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** in Oct 1870 states that :

At a special sitting of the magistrates the license held by Richard Green to sell beer was granted after some deliberation. The application had been delayed for further consideration as a result of Green's numerous convictions for various offences.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** in Nov 1870 states that : An application by the owners Messrs. Ridley to transfer the license from Richard Green to Mrs Cattermole which would be held for a week to allow her time to gain possession.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** in Nov 1870 states that : The license for the Earl Grey was granted to Mrs Cattermole.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** in July 1890 states that : The estate of the late Mr Owen Ridley, a brewer of Ipswich was submitted to public competition on Wednesday 2nd July 1890 and includes the following public house details:

the Earl Grey, Fore hamlet, let at £10 per annum (freehold)
eventually bought by the bid of Messrs. Tollemache.

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

Closure information from Ipswich licensing records.

(information from Dudley Diaper)

(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)