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Ipswich Royal Oak

previously known as Oak Inn


opened 1844 circa?

closed 1882 cica

7 Northgate St

grid reference TM 164 447

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listed building grade I

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last updated 04/08/2015

A timber-framed building at the junction of Northgate Street and Oak Lane. Now offices.

May date back considerably further than the quoted dates; a Royal Oak in St Mary at the Tower parish is one of only 24 inns recorded in a town assessment of 1689. It's possible that this is the inn referred to, especially as the building is known to date from the 15th century, though it may refer to the Royal Oak on Tavern St.

One of three pubs of this name that have existed in the town, the others being on Tavern Street and Felixstowe Road (open until recently, though it may reopen).

The Ipswich Journal in Sep 1830 says:

To be let and entered upon immediately, the Royal Oak Inn, situated in Upper Brook St, in the parish of St Mary Tower, Ipswich. For particulars apply to Messrs. Cobbold and Son, Lower Brook St, Ipswich.

A reference in the Ipswich Journal*** on 2 Aug 1735 to the Royal Oak in Brook street, Ipswich

One date recorded for the closure of this Inn is 1855, yet in the 1881 census Arthur Boreham was recorded as lodging at the Royal Oak Inn Northgate Street, Ipswich? (Stephen Hendry)

A report in the Ipswich Journal** in Oct 1865 states :

Notice of removal: William Flory, having left the Royal Oak Inn, Northgate Street, Ipswich, and taken the premises lately occupied by Mr Robert Boby, Woodbridge Road, begs respectfully to aquaint his numerous friends and customers that all orders at the Woodbridge Road will be promptly attended to, and alosd at the Coach and Horses Hotel, Brook Street, Ipswich, at which place he has been 18 years.

A report in the Ipswich Journal*** on 05 Aug in 1882 states that:

John Chevallier COBBOLD, now residing at Holy Wells... Gentleman (Owner) & James Goodall GOODING, 39, Fore Hamlet, St Clements, dealer & the person desiring to hold a licence... will apply for the provisional removal of the licence from the Royal Oak, Northgate Street, held by William BROWN (& apply for a new licence for) a house about to be erected, abutting Derby Road, towards the East & the Felixstowe Road, to the South... owned by John C. COBBOLD.

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

(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)

(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)