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Ipswich Defiance

historical era: late 20th century

closed 1996

22 or 24 Stoke St

grid reference TM 162 438

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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.