Photo of Great White Horse

grid reference TM 164 446

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listed building grade II*

CAMRA Ipswich & East Suffolk branch.

last updated 21/09/2017

Ipswich Great White Horse

also traded as as: Tavern, White Horse

historical era: 21st century

opened 1518

closed 2008

43 Tavern St, IP1 3AH

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Originally opened in 1518, the Great White Horse started out as "the Tavern", whence Tavern Street gets its name. It's understood that the Tavern existed back at the time of the Commonwealth.

The current white brick & stone faced building replaced an earlier (16th/17th century) hotel and posting house probably sometime in the early 19th century when the road was also widened.

The building is now largely empty, with shop units taking up the ground floor and part of the first.

It's shown (though not named) on this old OS map from about the end of the 19th century. larger map

old OS map

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

(some detailed information from Old inns of Suffolk by Leonard P Thompson)

(information from Dudley Diaper)

(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)

(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)

Old OS map reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.