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Ipswich Limmers

also traded as as: Bee Hive, Grand Hotel

historical era: late 20th century

closed post-1977

16 Buttermarket

grid reference TM 163 445

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last updated 07/02/2016

Sometimes listed at Old Buttermarket.

The Bee Hive Tap is listed next door until at least 1871.

The Bee Hive closed in the 1890s and a new pub of same name opened at Majors Corner in about 1900.

The Grand hotel seems to have run from about 1900 onwards until eventually being converted into shops. According to the most up-to-date available Ipswich licensing records, it was open at least as late as 1977. Though curiously, the 1909 Ipswich Rates book has it marked "late", implying that it closed some time in the subsequent couple of decades. It isn't clear when it became Limmers, but this is remembered by long-standing local residents who drank there in the 1970s.

A notice in the Ipswich Journal** in June 1830 states that :

All persons having any claims or demands upon the estate of James Crisp, late of the Unicorn Inn, Ipswich, deceased, are requested to send an account of their respective claims to Mr Thomas Crisp, of the Bee Hive Inn, Ipswich, his Executor, to whom all persons standing indebted to the deceased, are required to pay the amount of their several debts, within one month.

A notice in the Ipswich Journal** in December 1835 states that :

A notice in the Ipswich Journal of December 1835 states: T Crisp, Wine and Spirit Merchant of the Bee Hive Inn, Ipswich, solicits the inspection of the public to his stock of spirits, but particularly to an article denominated Crisp's Champagne brandy. It is manufactured solely for TC in accordance with the system of an eminent Brandy distiller in France. In recommending this article to the notice of the public, TC assures them that for the purity of the spirit, excellency of flavour, and close imitation of Cognac Brandy, it far surpasses all British Brandies. One trial will convince the most incredulous of its decided superiority, the Champagne Brandy at its highest legal strength is 16s per gallon. TC further solicits their attention to an article in red Wine from the celebrated Mass. Dieu's Vine Yard, called Portofrane, 30s a dozen.

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

(census information from Dudley Diaper)

(** information from Stuart Ansell)