Ipswich Defiancehistorical era: late 20th century
22 or 24 Stoke St
grid reference TM 162 438Something we've got wrong about this establishment? Something more you think we should know about it? Please email us
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CAMRA Ipswich & East Suffolk branch.
last updated 19/11/2016
Converted for residential usage after closure but for most of past decade or so the building has sadly been boarded up and semi-derelict.
A report in the Ipswich Journal** in Jul 1855 states :
To be sold by auction, on the premises, the Defiance Inn, Ipswich, the neat household furniture, superior 8 day clock, Obed Cleur, in valuable Japan case; retriever bitch, nets, and other effects of Mr S Peas, innkeeper.
An advert in the The Bury and Norwich Post*** on Tue 13 March 1866 lists this pub as part of the sale of Stonham Brewery together with 26 other premises.
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)
(*** historical details supplied by Neil Langridge)
The name could be a reference to a ship or mail-coach. As the pub backs onto the start of the river Gipping its name may be more nautically related. At least 12 ships and 2 shore establishments of the Royal Navy have been named HMS Defiance. One HMS Defiance (built 1861) was the last wooden line-of-battle ship to be launched for the Royal Navy with 91-guns on 3 decks. However, she never saw service as a battle ship. By 1884 she had become a Devonport based torpedo & mining schoolship; a role that lasted until 1931 when she was broken up.