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Ipswich Waggon and Horses

also traded as as: Waggon Inn

historical era: mid 20th century

opened 16th cent

closed 1935

32 Buttermarket

grid reference TM 163 445

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last updated 14/01/2017

These premises are listed in the 1844 White's Directory with carriers operating from the inn to Bentley, Boxford, Burgh, Bury St Edmunds, Chelmondiston, Copdock, Elmsett, Ewarton, Grundisburgh, Hadleigh, Harwich, Manningtree, Nayland, Newton, Oakley, Shotley, Stowmarket, Sudbury, Stutton, Tattingstone, Witnesham, and Woodbridge.

The Town Wagon was a weekly 16th century coach from here to London. One early proprietor Robert Lane, was the originator, builder and driver of the Ipswich-London stage-waggon. He was recognised and rewarded for his pioneering work by Elizabeth I who recorded in the great Court Book in 1582 that he had had the bestowal of the freedom of the borough upon him and the bestowal of the right to have the only trade of wagons within the towne for a period of 10 years.

The Waggon and Horses was demolished and replaced by the Ritz cinema which opened in 1937. The site was subsequently used until 2016 by British Home Stores.


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

(census information from Dudley Diaper)

(detailed information by Linda Edwards)

(detailed information from Old inns of Suffolk by Leonard P Thompson)

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

(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)

(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)