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Woodbridge Cock & Pye

historical era: Victorian / Edwardian

closed January 31st, 1911

78 New St

grid reference TM 271 491

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last updated 29/08/2016

Now a private restaurant. The building dates from the 17th century.

The 1904 Woodbridge licensing records show that the Cock & Pye's license was issued in 1853. Whether this was when it was first licensed or when it got a full (ie not just beer) license isn't clear, though the latter seems more probable.

The license was expired in 1911 as part of a scheme to reduce the number of alcohol licenses.

A report in the Ipswich Journal*** on 18 June 1743 states :

Ref to Daniel Freeman at the Cock and Pye in Woodbridge.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** in September 1830 states that : Yesterday night, died at Woodbridge, Mrs Loft, wife of George Loft, the Cock and Pie Inn, aged 58.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** in June 1840 states :

William Fosker, hostler, was charged with stealing 3 halters of value 1s, the property of Mr James Mallett, land lord of the Cock and Pye, Woodbridge, and committed to trial at the next assizes.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** in July 1840 states :

A notice appeared in the Ipswich Journal in July 1840, which stated that the Cock and Pye in Woodbridge was to be let with immediate possession, the following week the tenant, James Mullet was obliged to announce his continuance at that same Inn.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** on Apr-06 in 1844 when George Ling was the landlord records that a theft from the pub of £10, resulted in two of the accused receiving 10 years the third was to be transported for life.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** in Dec 1845 states :

A reported in the Ipswich Journal in December 1845: William King, driver of the Mail Cart from Orford and Wickham Market, was returning to Woodbridge. While driving down the hill near Block's Barn, in Melton, the horse stumbled, and threw him out of the cart with such force that it was supposed it caused his instant death. The Mail cart having not arrived at the proper time prompted Mr George Ling, landlord of the Cock and Pye Inn, Woodbridge to go out and investigate. Mr Ling found King lying dead in the road. The letter bags were strewn about and in consequence were too late to be forwarded by the London mail. The newspaper was informed that King was the worse for liquor, but his general character for steadiness and sobriety was good. An inquest was to be held at Melton, the deceased being an unmarried man.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** of 1860 states that :

Robert Smith, landlord of the Cock and Pye, Woodbridge, summoned Thomas Waite for the amount of £3 3s for drink and money lent. Waite was a coachman to J Fitzgerald, Esq., of Boulge Hall. Smith told the court that Waite had taken ale at Mr Fitzgerald's house but the gin and beer at the Cock and Pye. The judge asked Smith if he was familiar with the Tippling Act (An Act of 1751 that decreed that no debt under 20s for spirituous liqueurs was recoverable unless it was contracted at the time.) For this reason the judge had to strike out the gin from the bill and also the gin and beer as the gin contaminated the whole. Therefore the judgement of the court was that the defendant should only pay the remainder, to wit £1 16s.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** of Oct 1860 states that :

Woodbridge County Court October 19th 1860. Henry Garrod, landlord of the Cock and Pye, took an action against Robert Smith to recover £9 2s, for lodgings, horse hire and money lent at sundry times. Smith lodged at the Cock and Pye and hired some gigs, was taken to Trimley on two occasions by Garrod, borrowed money, ate his food and drunk his wine and brandy. Smith an independent gentleman hired lodgings for himself and a housekeeper at 12s per week and stayed for nine and a half weeks. Garrod kept a slate, "a very large slate" on which he kept all his dealings with Smith. The judge was inclined to agree with the landlord and ordered Smith to pay the whole amount at 30s a month.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** on Jun-18 in 1881 when William Revett was the landlord states that:

Mr Hines the landlord of the Kings Arms Inn borrowed a ten pin ball from a man called Mouser who in turn had bought it from a Frederick Spalding alias "The British Workman". Spalding had stolen the ball from William Revett landlord of the Cock and Pye, Woodbridge, he was found guilty and received one months imprisonment with hard labour.

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

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

(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)

(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)

Closure date from Woodbridge licensing records.


The cock & pie may be a reference to peacock pie - a medieval dish for the wealthy.

NOTE: A messuage equates to a dwelling-house and may include outbuildings, orchard, curtilage or court-yard and garden - this may have been an earlier structure to the current property.