Ipswich Ram Inn
opened 16th century or earlier
closed 1892 circa
32 Key St
last updated 31/08/2015
The ram stood "adjacent to the Green Man".
It's claimed, though apparently without any documentary evidence, that Henry Tooley was born in the Ram. Although his almshouses located in nearby Foundation St certainly attest to him having a connection with this part of town.
A circumstance [...] happened 12th December, 1778, which resulted in the death of the landlord of the " Ram Inn," a Mr. Thomas Nichols, in consequence of a scuffle between the press gang and a number of men assembled at the adjacent " Green Man" Inn****
A report in the Ipswich Journal*** on 01 to 08 Apr 1727 that states :
Fine Florence Wine lately imported at Ipswich is to be Sold at the sign of the Ram on the Common Key in Ipswich aforesaid, by Henry Skynner, Merchant of Ipswich, at the rate of 32s 6d per half Chest, each half Chest containing 3- Bettys or 20 half Flasks.
A report in the Ipswich Journal*** on 20 Sep 1729 that states :
To be lett at Michaelmas next, an ancient and well accustomed Inn called the Ram, in Ipswich, late in the Occupation of Thomas Calvert, deceased, being one of the best situated Inns for Trade in Ipswich...Enquire of Henry Skynner, Merchant in Ipswich aforesaid.
A reference in the Ipswich Journal*** on 13 Feb 1731 to Mr John Cole at the Ram in St Mary Key Parish, Ipswich.
A report in the Ipswich Journal*** on 15 Jul 1732 that states :
To be lett at a reasonable Rate, a Well accustomed Inn, call'd the Ram, on the Common Key in Ipswich. Enquire of Mr Henry Skyner jun. in Ipswich aforesaid.
Also listed at Quay in 1830 and at 26 Key St in 1888.
A report in the Ipswich Journal** in Mar 1880 states that :
Married on the 1st at St. Margaret's church, by the Rev. Garrould, Samuel Vince Offord, eldest son of Mr S Offord, Ram Inn, Ipswich, to Ellen, only daughter of the late Edward Pyett, of Witnesham.
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(census information from Dudley Diaper)
(detailed information from Old inns of Suffolk by Leonard P Thompson)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)
(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)
(**** Proceedings of the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and Natural History, 1888)