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Ipswich Feathers

also traded as as: Prince of Wales, Prince of Wales Feathers, Three Feathers

historical era: mid 20th century

closed October 2nd, 1966

last owner Tolly Cobbold

65 Westgate St

grid reference TM 160 447

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last updated 13/01/2016

Demolished; the 1883 OS map shows it on the east side of the junction between Westgate St and Lady Lane.

The pub dates back at least to the early 17th century, when it was listed in a church rate book as "The Three Feathers". It also appeared in a 1769 watercolour of the town's West Gate by Francis Gorse.

Listed at St. Matthew St. in 1840 Pigot's Directory.

This premises was listed in the 1844 White's Directory with carriers operating from the inn to Coddenham and Crowfield.

A reference in the Ipswich Journal*** on 05 Jul 1740 states : Mr Thomas Beston is at the Three Feathers, Ipswich

A report in the Ipswich Journal** in Nov 1810 states : An announcement of the death on Monday 5th November, aged 47, Mr George Worth, formerly of the Feather's Inn, St Mathew's, in Ipswich.

A report in the Suffolk Chronicle*** on Apr-17 in 1813 gives reference to a sale of haberdashery, Hossiery and Clothiers - goods of Mr Sanctino OSTINELLO - at the Three Feathers, St Matthews Street, Ipswich.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** in Oct 1830 states : Thursday last died, Mr Henry Newson, of the Feathers Inn, St Mathew's, Ipswich

A report in the Bury & Norfolk Post & Suffolk Herald*** on 01 Dec in 1847 states :

On 24 Nov 1847 died Ann Elizabeth, aged 15, daughter of Mr Lott BETTS, of The Feathers Inn, St Matthews, Ipswich.

A report in the Suffolk Chronicle*** on Jan-28 in 1860 reveals :

Alfred Horrex was accused of stealing a silk handkerchief, the property of Clement William MALPAS, landlord of The Feathers Public House, St Matthews, Ipswich. Case sent for trial.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** in Jul 1870 states : Died on the 4th, Mr William Brown, of the Feathers Inn, much respected by all that knew him.

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

Closure date from Ipwich licensing records.

(* additional date information from Faye Mulley)

(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)

(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)


Nearby, Hyde Park Corner is a name given to the junction of Crown St, St Matthew's St and Westgate St.

On January 8th, 1297, a royal wedding took place at the Shrine of Our Lady of Grace (also known as Our Lady of Ipswich) between Princess Elizabeth, daughter of King Edward I and the Count of Holland. Edward I stayed in the town for the ceremony with 'a splendid court'.The shrine was then located just outside the West Gate of the medieval town (hence Lady lane today). The shrine and the associated icon was possibly destroyed as part of the reformation in 1538. The icon was reputedly burned after first being conveyed to Thomas Cromwell in Chelsea along with others including items from Walsingham, Worcester and Bermondsey. The West Gate was pulled down in 1782. More details from here.