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Ipswich Grove Tavern


closed August 31st, 1969

last owner Tolly Cobbold

140 St Helen's St

grid reference TM 171 445

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last updated 02/11/2014

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 counterfiet silver shilling in payment for a pint of mild beer. A search of his cottage in Regent Street revealled 136 counterfiet coins in various stages of production, cyanide of silver, acetate of sulpher and a galvanic battery. Bailey pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 5 years penal servitude."

(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)