Ipswich Wellington Inn

historical era: Victorian / Edwardian

closed 1875 circa

38 Carr St

grid reference TM 165 445

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last updated 17/07/2015

The Wellington Inn* had a central arched passageway through to the yard at the rear of the premises, as shown in a photograph in "People & Places (A Pictorial History)" by the Ipswich & Norwich Society (2000) on page 14, and on the OS Map of 1883.

The Wellington Inn* was purchased in 1875 as a replacement for the original Co-Op that was located at No 34 Carr st, (now used as a furnishings shop). The inn was used for a while (particularly the meeting rooms away from the retail frontage) but was demolished prior to 1886 when the new Co-Op Central Premises (Drapery Store) opened.

This may have been another name for the Duke of Wellington.

A notice in the Ipswich Journal** in Dec 1835 states that :

Thomas Sage Junior, Wellington Inn, Wine and Spirit Vaults, Carr Street, Ipswich, Thomas Sage trusts that his wines and spirits will be found equal to any house in the trade, and earnestly solicits a continuance of favours. Dinners daily at moderate prices. Good beds and stabling.
Fine French brandy 3s 9d a pint, Superior Jamaica Rum 1s 8d per pint, British Brandy (excellent) 2s per pint, British Gin (double distilled) 1s 6d per pint, British Gin (very good) 1s 4d per pint, Old Crusted Port Wine 3s 6d per bottle, Younger Port Wine 2s 6d per bottle, Fine Pale Sherry Wine 3s 2d per bottle, Brown Sherry Wine 2s 7d per bottle, Windsor Ale (excellent) 7d per bottle, London Porter (good) 5d per bottle. Note! Private families supplied with Windsor Ale, and London Porter, per gallon in their own casks.

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

To be sold by auction, at the White Horse Hotel, Ipswich, the freehold and old established, commodious, and well frequented public house in full trade, known as the Wellington, eligibly situated in Carr Street, Ipswich, now in the occupation of Mr George Buckingham.

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

(* many thanks to John Norman, Chairman of The Ipswich Society, for his clarrification of the location and fate of this building)

(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)