Ipswich British Lion
closed April 15th, 1972
last owner Ind Coope
55 Princes St
grid reference TM 160 443
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last updated 24/07/2015
Now demolished and replaced by an award winning office development and various road alterations. It may also be recorded as being in Edgar St (which no longer exists) as it stood on the junction of the two roads (on the town centre side).
(information from Rod Cross)
I was drinking in the pub until its closure in early 1972. There used to be a Disco in there every Friday night, a DJ called Daisy. I met my then future wife in there around September 1971. Christmas that year, I can remember coming out at closing time and it was snowing. I still have a wall plate hanging in my kitchen that I took from the pub the night it closed around about April 1972.
(information from Nigel Prentice)
A report in the Ipswich Journal*** on 31 May in 1851 states that :
An excellent freehold dwelling house & premises in St Nicholas, Ipswich, advantageously situate in the newly-formed street called "Princes-street" which leads from the Cornhill to the extended new Railway Station. It is well adapted for, and is licensed as a Beer-house, and known as the "British Lion" with large years & Premises, now in the occupation of Mr KING.
May also be listed at 9 New Friars Rd (1865)
A report in the Ipswich Journal** in Aug 1880 states that :
An occasional license was granted to Mr L Maxwell, landlord of the British Lion Hotel, on the occasion of the cricket match between Ipswich and East Suffolk Club and the Westminster Wanderers.
A report in the Ipswich Journal** on August 5th in 1882 when Mr Maxwell was the landlord states that :
Albert Minks was employed as a billiard maker to Mr Maxwell, Minks was charged with the common assault on an 8 year old girl.
A notice in the Ipswich Journal** in Jan 1895 states that :
An advertisement placed in January 1895 in the Ipswich Journal reads: British Lion, Commercial and Family Hotel, Princes Street, Ipswich, five minutes from the railway station. The above hotel has been thoroughly renovated, and commercial gentlemen will find every comfort and convenience with strictly moderate charges. No attendance charges, first class billiard room. Trams and buses pass to and from the station. Proprietor: John L Moyse. Dealer in first class horse.
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
Precise closure date from Ipswich licensing Records.
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)
(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)