Ipswich Top Banana
previously known as: Warriors, Beaton Track, Prince of Waleshistorical era: Victorian or Edwardian
opened 17th cent early
closed 1900 (circa)
14-20 Fore St
grid reference TM 166 443Something we've got wrong about this establishment? Something more you think we should know about it? Please email us
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last updated 19/03/2016
The building is much altered from former times, having been cut back to allow road-widening. Through the years it's traded as a pub under several names, Top Banana being the most recent. The building has gone through a number of uses since Top Banana closed, few of them for long.
Prince of Wales shown on an 1881 map of Ipswich.
A report in the Ipswich Journal** in Nov 1855 states :
To be let a full licensed public house, known as the Prince of Wales, in the parish of St Clements, with a capital corner shop, where a profitable pork trade has been carried on for upwards of 12 years. For particulars apply to the counting house of Messrs. Cobbold and Son, Brook Street, Ipswich.
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)