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closed 1988

Ipswich Blue Coat Boy

38 Old Cattle Market

grid reference TM 163 443

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listed building grade II

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last updated 18/03/2016

Built 1620 and much extended in the 18th and 20th centuries. This Grade 2 listed building is now used as shops and a nightclub.

Reputedly very popular with US servicemen during WW2 (the US military still adhered to strict Jim Crow segregation, so only black servicemen were allowed in, with white ones using other local pubs). Also very popular on market days when the nearby cattle market (now used as the bus station) was still in use.

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

(some old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)

(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)


A "blue coat boy" was a general term for a scholar at a charity school. The Cardinal College of St Mary in Ipswich was a college "school" founded by Cardinal Wolsey and linked to what eventually became Christ Church at Oxford. This school was built and flourished very briefly (1528-30) but soon fell with its founder. Henry VIII subsequently ordered these school buildings to be dismantled - except the chapel and the watergate - for their materials to be used elswhere. Another Blue Coast school was later built in the Wherstead Rd/Vernon St junction area close to the St Peter's workhouse and can be seen on Victorian maps of this area.