Ipswich Blue Anchor Inn

historical era: Victorian / Edwardian

closed March 3rd, 1915

last owner catchpoles

26-28 Lower Orwell St

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last updated 16/07/2015


Closure date recorded in the Borough Police licensed premises register 1903-1923.

May also be listed as Anchor.

A report in the Ipswich Journal*** on 15 Jan 1743 states :

All sorts of Brewing Utensils to be sold by Mr Christopher Turner at the Blue Anchor in St Clement's Parish, Ipswich.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** in Sep 1880 states that :

Married on the 15th Mr Herbert Bennett (Bennett and Sons, carriage builders) to Miss Lavinia Margaret Evered, the eldest daughter of Frederick Evered of the Anchor Inn

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

(1891 Census data from Dudley Diaper)

(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)

(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)


Blue is a heraldic colour of hope. The spare anchor at sea was often known as the hope anchor. "Anker" can also relate to a measurement of 8.5 gallons.