Ipswich Elephant & Castle

historical era: mid 20th century

closed March 28th, 1960 (1960 circa)

last owner Ind Coope

5 Handford Rd

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last updated 16/07/2015

Closed in 1960 with the license being transferred to the Smock.

Also listed at the Mount.

The Mount ran roughly from what's now the east end of Handford Rd. through to the junction of Elm St. and Black Horse Lane.

Probably demolished as part of Civic Drive construction in early 1960s.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** on Aug-20 in 1892 when Mr Rose & Margaret Rose (Wife) was the landlord and landlady states that :

William Rayner called at the Elephant and Castle, Mount Street, after closing time asking for a pint of beer. When refused he pushed Ellen Gooderham (employed by Mr Rose) against the counter. On the same evening he had assaulted Margaret Rose the landlady. The case against Rayner was proved and he received a fine of 10s or 7 days in each case.

A report in the Ipswich Journal*** on 21 Nov in 1851 states that :

To put off, with immediate possession, the Elephant & Castle Inn, Mount, Ipswich. Valuation £150, if required, reduced to £100 - Apply on the premises.

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

Closure date from the Ipswich licensing records.

(old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)

(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)

(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)


An elephant & castle has appeared in the crest of the Cutlers Company since 1622. Ivory was then used to create knife handles. Some claim that the name derives from "Infanta of Castile" a reference to Eleanor of Castile, wife of Edward I.