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Ipswich Fox


opened 17th or 18th century

closed May 25th, 1970

last owner Tolly Cobbold

47-49 Upper Brook St

grid reference TM 164 444

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CAMRA Ipswich & East Suffolk branch.

last updated 03/08/2015

Now converted into shops.

Also may be listed as 43-51 Brook St

A report in the Ipswich Journal** in Jan 1835 states :

On the 20th, was married, Mr Henry Hacon, of the Fox Inn, Ipswich, to Miss Lucy Collier, of London.

A report in the Ipswich Journal*** on 15 Mar in 1851 states that :

Mr Lavick, ale & porter merchant of Lowestoft (met) his brother-in-law, Mr Bennett, Bootmaker, Tavern Street in Ipswich in the hope that he might derive some benefit in a change of scene...at 5PM (They) called at The Fox Inn, Brook Street, & partook of some refreshment. Shortly afterwards Mr Lavick left the room and proceeded to the Yard. His continued absence at length excited Mr Bennett's apprehensions & (he) went in search of his relative. Upon opening the privy door, Mr Lovick was found bleeding profusely from a wound in the throat.

(An unsuccessful suicide attempt)

A report in the Ipswich Journal** in Jan 1856 states :

Thomas Baker, landlord of the Fox beer house, Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, was charged with keeping his house open for the sale of beer on Sunday 23rd December 1855. Policeman Frost visited the Fox at quarter to and quarter past 11pm and on both occasions there were 12 people present drinking. When the PC remonstrated with Baker the landlord replied in "gross language", telling the PC to "go to the place that is the very reverse of all that is good." Baker's defence was that he was tipsy at the time. In the Magistrates opinion "a man who gets tipsy is a very improper person to keep a beer house." As he had been cautioned before, he was fined 50s and costs.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** of August 1860 states that :

A Martin (late of the Victoria Hotel, Carlisle) Begs to inform his friends and the public that he has made the Fox once more a free house. Also made extensive alterations, and purchased from the first class houses in London a large stock of wine and all kinds of spirits and cordials of the finest quality, which he will be able to offer at a great reduction in the prices.

An Advert in the Ipswich Journal** in Oct 1860 states that :

Potatoes! Potatoes! Potatoes! Just arrived from the north. A Martin, Fox Inn, Brook Street, begs to inform the inhabitants of Ipswich and surrounding neighbourhood, that he has purchased a large quantity of the finest York Regents, from Cumberland, which he will able to supply to customers every week for the season, either by sack or ton.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** in Dec 1870 states that : Died on the 30th November after a long affliction, aged 56, Mr Frederick Jackson, of the Fox Inn.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** in Mar 1885 states :

To be sold by auction, by direction of the Trustees for sale under the Will of Mr Charles Eade, deceased, the old established and well accustomed, freehold, public house, known as the Fox Inn, in Upper Brook Street, Ipswich, it has a spacious retail bar, parlour, kitchen, offices, and cellarage; a capital billiard room on the upper floor, bedrooms etc. It is now let on lease at a rental of £99 per annum. At the auction in April this property did not meet with a buyer.

Annie Smith married Arthur Pepper in (?) sadly in 1910 she died aged 30 at the Fox Inn;

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

Closure date from Ipswich licensing records.

(detailed information by Chris Stanton)

(information from Dudley Diaper)

(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)

(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)