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Ipswich Old Marsh Tavern

also traded as as: Marsh Tavern

historical era: mid 20th century

closed May 31st, 1960

last owner tollemache

93-95 Princes St

grid reference TM 159 442

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last updated 17/07/2015


Stood on the corner of Chalon Street (Railway Station side).

(information from Rod Cross)

We had thought that the Marsh Tavern had replaced the old Marsh Tavern but the following article suggests that they may have both traded near here at the same time for at least a while?

A report in the Ipswich Journal** on Aug-05 in 1871 when Thomas Mayhew was the landlord states that :

Mayhew (landlord of the Marsh Tavern and cab proprietor) was charged with receiving stolen horse feed from a Samuel Mealing. Mealing was seen frequently carrying a sack into Mayhew's public house by Mr Pooley (landlord of the Old Marsh Tavern) and Isaac Norman (landlord of the Three Swans). Mayhew was found guilty and sentenced to 12 months hard labour.

In 1865 it was listed at New Station Rd

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

James Mansfield a dealer from East Bergholt was in the habit of attending the market at Ipswich and while there the Marsh Tavern in the Cattle Market . On the 20th March 1860, Mansfield was seen by the landlord, Benjamin Broker, to go to part of the Inn where he had no business, an area close to his foul house. The next morning Broker missed two Dorking hens and made every possible enquiry in the neighbourhood to no avail. From information received he went to a poulterer called Shepherd on the Tower Ditches and found one of his hens. Shepherd had purchased the hen from Mansfield in the Marsh Tavern yard for 1s 4d. Broker believed Shepherd and bought the hen back for 1s 9d and took it home. The hen immediately ran to the hen house where it was acknowledge by the other hens. Mansfield was arrested and charged with robbery, he denied stealing the hen but said he had sold one but not the one in question. The prosecution had failed to prove the identity of the fowl and the manner of the prisoner was that of an innocent man, the magistrates committed Mansfield to the assizes.

At the assizes held on the 26th March, Mansfield was found not guilty. Shepherd was next indicted for stealing a horse cloth, the property of George Cox, butcher, Norwich Road, Ipswich, and was found guilty receiving two months imprisonment.

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

George Mason and Samuel Beckett were charged with assaulting Benjamin Brooker, landlord of the Marsh Tavern. William Brown was charged with assaulting Brooker and Policeman Clarke, and being riotous in breach of the peace. William Duff was charged with inciting Brown to resist the police. Beckett had visited Brooker the previous evening and told him that he was a marked man and threatened his life. It appeared that Brown had been before the magistrates on four occasions, Duff twice, Mason and Beckett eight times. All four men were found guilty, Brown was fined 20s and costs, in default 21 days he was fined a further 30s with cost, in default 21 days hard labour for assaulting the policeman. Duff was fined 30s with costs, in default 21 days imprisonment. Beckett and Mason were each fined 40s and costs, in default 28 days imprisonment. The defendants asked for time to pay and the magistrates refused to allow a day.

An advert in the The Bury and Norwich Post*** on Tue 13 March 1866 lists this pub (Marsh Tavern) as part of the sale of Stonham Brewery together with 26 other premises.

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

Closure date from Ipswich licensing records.

(old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)

(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)

(*** historical details supplied by Neil Langridge)