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Ipswich Post Chaise

historical era: mid 20th century

closed 1926

2 Woodbridge Rd

grid reference TM 166 446

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last updated 17/07/2015

Demolished late 1930s.

"I was born in 1930 but remember the Post Chaise as a large, derelict former coaching inn that had already stood empty for a long while."

(information from Paul Jarman)

Historical Inn

A report in the Ipswich Journal** on 05 Jun in 1802 states that :

To be sold by Private Contract - All that well-known freehold Inn, called the Post Chaise Inn, in Ipswich, now in full trade and late in the occupation of Mr Wm. SAWYER, deceased. The premises are almost new, with good accommodation for a public road house. Together with a freehold premises opposite the Inn, comprising extensive stabling, warehouse & yard.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** on 20 Nov in 1802 states that :

William Sawyer (nephew of the late William Sawyer, deceased) has taken over the Post Chaise Inn, Ipswich

A report in the Ipswich Journal** on 28 Jul in 1838 states that :

Auction of the Post Chaise, situate in Saint Margaret Street, Ipswich...in the occupation of the Proprietor, Mr Samuel SAWYER, who retires from business and will give possession on 11th October, next...(Description).

A report in the Ipswich Journal** on 15 Jul in 1898 states that :

H.C.WESTGATE of the Lock Hotel, Ipswich deposed to serving the deceased (Frederick James Brown, 44, a brewer's drayman) with a half pint of beer on Sunday, 10th July, 1898; James BALLS, landlord of the Post Chaise, Ipswich, said that the deceased had had a bed at his house on Saturday evening. Brown had been found hanging from the rails at the dock side, suspended by a handkerchief & a belt. He had worked at the Mortlake Brewery, London for 25 years for £1 per week & commission.

A report in the Ipswich Journal*** on Feb-10 in 1900 when Percy Kettle was landlord states:

Emily Scarlett was summond for offering herself as a servant, and misrepresenting that she had been in service. Mrs Kettle wife of Percy kettle landlord of the Post Chaise, Woodbrige Road, had advertised for a general servant. Scarlett applied and gave references by a Thomas R King of Harwich. The references were taken up and found in order. In court it became clear that Scarlett had not been in service with King but were having an illicit love affair. Scarlett and King were found guilty and fined £10 each.

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

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

(** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)

(*** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)