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Ipswich White Hart Inn (Old White Hart)

historical era: Victorian or Edwardian

opened 16th cent

closed 1863

St Lawrence St

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CAMRA Ipswich & East Suffolk branch.

last updated 14/01/2016

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 earlier inn called the George may have stood on this site.

A report in the Ipswich Journal*** on 30 Nov 1734 to Samuel Richman at the White-Hart, Ipswich

A report in the Ipswich Journal*** on 03 Mar 1759 states Auction of the White Hart Inn, a very ancient, good accustom'd House, lately repair'd, well situated, being near both the Corn and Butter markets in Ipswich, is entirely Freehold; no outgoings except the Land Tax. The present Tenant (not named) hath no lease.

Rev. C.E. White tells us it "Once had a picturesque appearance with its quaint bow windows, street posts and old gateway, the spandrals of which latter were ornamented with the wood carving of a dragon." The spandrals 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.

A report in the Suffolk Chronicle*** on Feb-27, 1813 gives notice to the creditors of Wm. NORBROOK.

A report in the Suffolk Chronicle*** on Apr-13 1813 gives notice of the auction of bankrupt William Norbrook's goods.

Notice to let the premises is included on Apr-10 1813 Apply to John Cobbold and on Apr-17 1813, Ann NELSON, Son & Co are advertising that coaches are being run from here. This may relate to separate ownership of the transport company.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** in Feb 1820 states that : Tuesday last died, Mrs Green, wife of Mr Green, of the Old White Hart, in Ipswich.


(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)