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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.
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.
listed building grade I
last updated 02/02/2014
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)