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Felixstowe Bath Hotel

also traded as as: Hamilton Hotel

historical era: Victorian / Edwardian

opened 1839

closed 1914

Bath Hill

grid reference TM 309 346

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last updated 01/01/2017

The Bath Hotel was built in 1839 for John Cobbold and originally called the Hamilton Hotel.

It has also been referred to as the Hamilton Arms, which was renamed to the Bath Hotel in the 1860s. It may also have been at one time the Hamilton Temperance Hotel (a time at which it won't have been of great interest to visitors to this site).

The hotel burned down on April 28th, 1914 after incendiary devices were planted by militant Suffragettes. Hilda Birkett and Florence Tunks set fire to the hotel as part of their "Votes for Women" campaign. The hotel was empty at the time, but was completely gutted. Crowds gathered for their trial at Bury Assizes on 29th May, where they both received prison sentences.

Interestingly, at the time of the fire, it was operated by Cobbold's but owned by Tollemache.

The 1904 Woodbridge licensing records show that the Bath's license was issued in 1853. Whether this was when it was first licensed or when it got a full (ie not just beer) license isn't clear, though the latter seems more probable.

The hotel can be seen here on the 1903 OS map. The pub immediately to the south of the hotel was probably the Bath Tap.

old OS map

In 1865 they advertised warm and sea salt baths and billiards. The hotel was also listed at Beach Road East (in 1912).


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

(some old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)

(** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)