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CAMRA Ipswich & East Suffolk branch.last updated 24/10/2018
Ipswich Bear & Crown (Bear)historical era: Victorian / Edwardian
closed about 1885
It seems likely that the Bear & Crown occupied what's now two shop units immediately east of the building we have pictured as the Suffolk Hotel.
In 1888 it was recorded that "[it] some years ago became absorbed in the Suffolk Hotel". The 1830 drawing of the Suffolk (before they were joined) occupying the whole of the three-story building, with a gap to the west of it, so making it unlikely that the Bear & Crown was that side. In addition, we're told that there are pub cellars under the shops, so if they weren't occupied by the Bear & Crown they're certainly in an old pub.
A fire is recorded at the premises in 1828 requiring extensive rebuilding, so the name may have changed after this?
One of several pubs in the town that used to host cock-fighting in eighteenth and early nineteenth century. This bloody spectacle could last several hours and was eventually banned in 1835. A one time it was particularly popular as a form of gambling and bouts were often held on festival days and during the Ipswich horse racing week.
NOTE: Is this the correct Bear & Crown? (another is also listed in London Road) - please let Nigel know if you have more information
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)