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Originally called the Falcon and first owned by the Falcon Brewery Ipswich [Cuthbert, Bridges & Co]. Never a very successful beerhouse with over 25 licensees in just 50 years. Its close position to the Royal Oak probably helped to guarantee its closure in 1906 in a move to reduce the number of beerhouses at that time.
The building is now a kebab take away.
A report in the Bury & Norwich Post** on Jul-03 in 1883 when H C Talbot was the landlord states that:
Edward Smith, labourer of Stowmarket, was charged by H C Talbot with refusing to quit his house, The Prince of Wales, when drunk. Smith pleaded guilty and fined 5s.
A report in the Ipswich Journal** on Sep-15 in 1900 when Charles John Dalby was the landlord states that:
Charles John Dalby, land lord of the Prince of Wales was convicted of selling beer to Edward Earthy, chimney sweep, during prohibited hours (after 11pm). He was fined £2 with 7s costs and his licence endorsed.
A report in the Ipswich Journal** on Sep-29 in 1900 when Charles John Dalby was the landlord states that:
Charles John Dalby applied for the renewal of the license on the Prince of Wales, beerhouse. His application was oppossed by the police on the grounds that the house was frequented by low characters and the license had been endorsed as consequence of a breach of laws. The Bench decided to renew the license providing the owners, Messers Tollemache, put in a new tenant of a satisfactory characture.
last updated 31/07/2014
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(detailed information from Neil Langridge - and also Brian Southgate - see their book "Stowmarket, Combs and Stowupland Pubs" published by Polstead Press in 2009)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)
May have become the Prince Of Wales sometime after March 1863 to commemorate Edward, Prince Of Wales (eventually Edward VII) being married to Alexandra of Denmark.