Ipswich Grove Tavernhistorical era: mid 20th century
closed August 31st, 1969
last owner Tolly Cobbold
140 St Helen's St
grid reference TM 171 445Something we've got wrong about this establishment? Something more you think we should know about it? Please email us
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CAMRA Ipswich & East Suffolk branch.
last updated 17/03/2016
Also listed at Curve st. Now offices for the Samaritans.
Originally only licensed as a beerhouse. According to the Ipswich licensing records, the Grove got its full license on February 6th 1961.
A report in the Bury & Norwich Post** on Mar-24 in 1863 when Mary Anne Thurston was landlady states:
Miss Mary Anne Thurston kept the Grove Tavern in St Helens Street where George Bailey tried passing a counterfeit silver shilling in payment for a pint of mild beer. A search of his cottage in Regent Street revealed 136 counterfeit coins in various stages of production, cyanide of silver, acetate of sulphur and a galvanic battery. Bailey pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 5 years penal servitude.
Elizabeth Smith married William Mason (possibly a soldier) and by 1901 she was shown as Head of the household at the Grove Tavern, which she ran with the help of her brother Oliver.
(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)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)