Ipswich Case is AlteredNo Real Ale
341-343 Woodbridge Rd, IP4 4EZ
grid reference TM 177 451
opened 1815 circa
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Local licensing authority for Ipswich is Ipswich Borough Council
CAMRA Ipswich & East Suffolk branch.
last updated 12/12/2016
A large two bar pub. The original Case is Altered was reputedly built in 1815 to cater for troops billeted in the area. The present building dates from some time between 1904 and 1927; older maps showing the pub only occupying a smaller building located where the eastern end of the present pub now stands. This has since been demolished.
Lunchtime meals (not just snacks)
Separate public bar
Traditional pub games available
Pub is accessible to disabled customers
Bus stop nearby (see public transport tab for details)
Railway station about 1.1 mile away (see public transport tab for details)
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)
The "Case is Altered" was first used by an Elizabethan lawyer, Edmund Plowden and referred to new evidence in a legal case. Later Ben Johnson - an Elizabethan playright - also used it as a name for a comedy (written before 1599).
Mick Holland also reports that the name "case is altered" probably came from the peninsular war (during Napoleonic wars) where the Middlesex regiment were stationed at Casa de Altoria in Spain helping the Spanish and Portuguese forces defeat the French army between 1808 to 1814. At the end of the conflict soldiers were given land and money for their part and several opened pubs named after the town where they were stationed. The name got changed over the years to the "case is altered" hence the fact that today they are all over the country.