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Ipswich Half Moon


opened 17th cent

86 Foundation St

grid reference TM 164 441

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CAMRA Ipswich & East Suffolk branch.

last updated 17/07/2015

This was one of Ipswich's most ancient inns; one of only 24 listed in a town assessment of 1689.

Demolished in 1960.

Also listed at Lower Foundation st and Lower Brook St.

This was possibly once the family residence of Henry Tooley, a Portman of Ipswich who died in 1551. He left a fortune which provided arms houses in Tooley Street (which are still there today). The pub's "king post" was once considered remarkable with fox and geese carved upon it. This is supposed to be a satirical reference to the condition of the townspeople and the monks before the suppression of the monasteries. Wood panelling and mantel pieces were later removed to Holy Wells mansion.

A report in the Ipswich Journal*** on 09 Mar 1745 states :

To be lett, the Half Moon in St Matthew's Parish, Ipswich. Enquire of Mr Charles Norris, Peruke-Maker, near the Corn-Hill, Ipswich.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** in May 1830 states that : Thursday died, aged 69, Mrs Cook, relict of Mr Cook, of the Half moon Inn, Ipswich.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** on 26 Jun in 1830 states that :

Half Moon Inn, Saint Mary Quay, Ipswich, to be let, in the occupation of Widow COOK, deceased. Contact Counting House of Mr Cobbold & Son, Brook Street

A report in the Ipswich Journal** on 03 Dec in 1834 states that :

On 28th November, 1834, a fire broke out on the farm occupied by Mr John BANTOFT at Burstall, near Ipswich. He keeps the Half Moon Inn, in Ipswich

A report in the Ipswich Journal** in July 1885 states :

At the Ipswich Petty Sessions of January 1885 the license for the Half Moon, Foundation Street, was transferred from Anne Frost to William Mark Mann.

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

(census information from Dudley Diaper)

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

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

(** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)

(*** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)