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Woodbridge Royal William

also traded as as: King Billy, Victoria

historical era: late 20th century

closed 1973

4 Theatre St

grid reference TM 269 492

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listed building grade II

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CAMRA Ipswich & East Suffolk branch.

last updated 19/09/2016

Now a private residence, the building dates from the 18th century.

The 1904 Woodbridge licensing records show that the Royal William's license was issued in 1843. 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.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** on 9th August in 1845 states that :

Auction of the Victoria Inn, a messuage or dwelling house in Theatre Street, Woodbridge, comprising a frontage of 49 feet 6 inches, in the occupation of Mr John Shreeve ROWE, tenant at will, at the yearly rental of £13 10s.

NOTE: A messuage equates to a dwelling-house and may include outbuildings, orchard, curtilage or court-yard and garden.

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

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