Ipswich Half Moon & Star
previously known as Half Moon, Half Moon & Stars
70-72 St Matthew's St
grid reference TM 157 448
listed building grade II
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CAMRA Ipswich & East Suffolk branch.
last updated 04/08/2015
Grade 2 listed building, now residential.
The building is owned by the Ipswich Building Preservation trust.
The building apparently dates from the 18th century, with 19th century alterations. It may however be older, or have replaced an older building; The Half Moon & Stars was listed in a church rate book early in the 17th century and it's reported that brewing took place here "up to the reign of James I".
A report in the Ipswich Journal*** on 14 Aug 1736 states :
To be sold, four tenements in St Mathew's Parish, one being a Publick House known by the Name of the Half Moon and Star, two fit for Private Families and the other a Smith shop with a pretty Dwelling, the whole at £18 per annum.
A report in the Ipswich Journal*** on 14 Apr 1744 states :
To be lett, the Half Moon and Star, in St Matthew's Parish, Ipswich, containing four rooms on a floor, with two good Cellars, a Brewing-Office, a Stable and a large Yard. Enquire of Mr Charles Norris, Peruke-Maker (men's wig maker), Ipswich
(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 Bob Mitchell)