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Woodbridge Boat

previously known as Boot, Ferryboat


opened 1530 circa

closed September 30th, 1957

22 Quayside

grid reference TM 274 488

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listed building grade II

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last updated 31/08/2015

Now a private residence. The face of the building alongside the road was actually the back of the pub; the front looked out onto the river.

The Woodbridge licensing records show that the Boat closed in 1957, when the license was surrendered for a payment of £700.

The Boat probably dates from the time the Charter for the Ferry was granted; circa 1530.

The 1904 Woodbridge licensing records show that the Boat's license was issued in 1843. Presumably this was when it got a full (ie not just beer) license.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** in May 1820 states that :

To be sold by auction, on the 8th June 1820, at the Crown Inn, Woodbridge, Lot 3., the Boat public house, situated on the Common Quay, in Woodbridge, with the valuable Right of Ferry over the River Deben to Sutton; and 4 tenements adjoining the public house; a new brick built stable for 12 horses, a lean-to stable four 10 horses, and other necessary buildings. The tenant has had notice to quit at Michaelmas.

A 1939 photograph taken from the station footbridge shows the rear of a pub, named as the Boot, at the side of the road from the quay, just after a level crossing. This seems to match the location of the Boat, but confirmation is required.

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

(extracts from a town pub booklet written by David Hague which also includes extracts from Booth's Almanac of 1899)

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

(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)

(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)