Ipswich White Hart Inn (Old White Hart)historical era: Victorian / Edwardian
opened 16th cent
St Lawrence St
CAMRA Ipswich & East Suffolk branch.last updated 01/02/2017
One authority has the pub standing "in St Lawrence Street, facing the east end of the church".
This was one of Ipswich's most ancient inns; one of only 24 listed on a town assessment of 1689. An even earlier inn called the George may have stood on this site.
Rev. C.E. White tells us it "Once had a picturesque appearance with its quaint bow windows, street posts and old gateway, the spandrels of which latter were ornamented with the wood carving of a dragon." The spandrels are preserved and can now be seen adorning the entrance of Christchurch mansion. replaced by Suffolk House. Coaches once left from here to London, Norwich or Yarmouth.
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(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)