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Ipswich Bull's Head

also traded as as: Old Bull's Head

historical era: mid 20th century

closed August 31st, 1958

last owner tollemache

Orwell Place

grid reference TM 166 443

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listed building grade II

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last updated 11/09/2016

The building is thought to date from the 17th century.

Also listed at Orwell Place (in 1839, 1865, 1891 & 1932).

A report in the Ipswich Journal*** on 5th August in 1837 states that :

Died, on 28th July, 1837, in the 90th year of her age, Elizabeth, relict of the late Mr Joseph WAILING, formerly of the Bulls Head Inn, Ipswich

A report in the Bury & Norwich Post** on Dec-28 in 1838 states that the pub was sold to Mr Kimber as part of the Samuel Alexander's Brewery sale, the Bulls Head selling for £860

A report in the Ipswich Journal*** on 20 Apr in 1839 states that :

Bulls Head Inn, Orwell Place, Ipswich - R.C. UNGLESS has made arrangements with Messrs Kimber, Gross & Co. to continue at the Inn, which he has occupied for nearly 12 years.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** in July 1840 states that : An announcement of the death on the 18th, aged 38, Mr R Ungless, many years landlord of the Bull's Head Inn, Ipswich.

The 1851 census shows that Henry [Harry] Ungless and his family were again in occupation. (Henry was the son of Robert Carpenter Ungless)

A report in the Ipswich Journal** of May 1860 states that :

Public House to let, with immediate possession. That old established and well frequented full licensed public house, known as the Bull's Head Inn," situated at one of the best corners and facing four of the leading and most populous thoroughfares in Ipswich. To Be Put off.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** in Jan 1895 states :

That about 5.30pm on Sunday evening some articles in a bedroom at the top of the Bull's Head Inn, Fore Street, caught fire. It is supposed that the landlord's 4 year old daughter had been playing with some Lucifer matches. Supt. Wheeler, Deputy Supt. Hayward and 2 firemen promptly attended bringing with them a hand pump. Within 10 minutes the fire was extinguished. There was some damage to contents and building which belonged to Messrs. Tollemache Bros., house and furniture were insured.

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

Closure date from Ipswich licensing records.

(census information from Dudley Diaper)

(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)

(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)

(**** historical information from Bob Hall)

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