loading
Join CAMRA online
no picture yet
firstlastnextlast

Ipswich Griffin Inn



closed

opened 16th cent

closed 1842

Westgate St

grid reference TM 162 446


Something we've got wrong about this establishment? Something more you think we should know about it? Please email us
View in Google Earth
last updated 15/01/2015

This was one of the town's most ancient inns; one of only 24 to appear on a town assessment of 1689. It's actually recorded as far back as 1528. It stood on the site of the later Crown & Anchor.

C H Evelyn White**** tells us that:

It was in the Griffin yard, that previous to the erection of a Theatre, stage plays were frequently performed by the Duke of Grafton's and other companies. In the latter part of the last century, the house was kept by one, Selby, whose family were legatees under the extraordinary Will of the eccentric Lord Chedworth, to a total sum of £14,500. His lordship had a special love for the drama, and several actors and others benefitted under his will. Much of Lord Chedworth's time appears to have been spent in this house.


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

(detailed information from Old inns of Suffolk by Leonard P Thompson)

(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)

(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)

(**** Proceedings of the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and Natural History, 1888)


Note

A griffin is a fabulous monster - half eagle and half lion - popular in heraldry and often spelt griffon or gryphon.