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grid reference TM 163 445

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last updated 21/09/2017

Ipswich Grand Hotel

also traded as as: Bee Hive, Limmers

historical era: late 20th century

closed post-1977

16 Buttermarket

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The Grand Hotel is 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.

The Beehive is shown on this OS town plan of 1883.

old OS map


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

(census information from Dudley Diaper)

(** information from Stuart Ansell)