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Ipswich Seahorse (Sea Horse)


closed post-1977

4 Bank St

grid reference TM 164 440

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last updated 11/04/2015

The last incarnation of this pub was built in about 1920s. Earlier pubs seem to have been listed for various other local streets so it may have moved site in former times - if you know any more details please let us know! Now demolished.

Bank St used to be a continuation of Foundation St. running through to College St.

The pub was listed in the 1844 White's Directory with carriers operating from the inn to Bildeston, Bury St Edmunds, Chelsworth, Eye, Framlingham, Fressingfield, Melford, Oakley, Thetford, Thorpe-le-Stoken, Wetheringsett

The 1963-1977 Ipswich licensing records (the most recent available) show that the pub was open at least up to 1977.

Also listed in Peter St and in College St.

A report in the Ipswich Journal*** on 11 Mar 1731 that states :

At the Sea Horse in Ipswich, an old Licenced House, is to be immediately Lett with Brewing Vessels, Stables, and all other Conveniences : A Billard Table, and a Stock of Beer and Ale to be Sold at a reasonable Rate, and the House and Stables to be lett at a reasonable Rate between this and Lady-Day.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** in Feb 1835 states :

David Worby having taken the Sea Horse Inn, Ipswich, begs to assure those friends and the public generally who may be pleased to favour him with their kind patronage, that nothing shall be wanting on his part to merit the support he humbly solicits. The greatest attention paid to al parcels delivered for the various Carriers and Waggoners who put up as above.

A report in the Ipswich Journal*** on 05 Nov 1736 states :

To be lett, at Christmas next, a very well accustomed Inn, called the Sea Horse, in St Peter's Parish, Ipswich, now in the occupation of Mr Goldsmith. Inquire of Mr Henry Skynner, jun. in Ipswich.

A report in the Bury & Norwich Post** on Dec-28 in 1838 states that the pub was sold to Richard Cana as part of the Samuel Alexander's Brewery sale, the Sea Horse selling for £1610.

A report in the Ipswich Journal*** on 22 Dec in 1854 states that :

Died, on 13th December, 1854, Elizabeth, in her 51st year, wife of David WORBY, of the Sea Horse Inn, Ipswich.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** in Jan 1875 states :

Married on the 13th January 1875, Thomas Forth Rotheram to Louisa, only daughter of David Worby, the Sea Horse Inn, Ipswich.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** in Jan 1880 states that :

An extension of time was granted to Mr Bradley, landlord of the Sea Horse Inn, on the occasion of the annual dinner for railway staff to be held on Tuesday and Friday evenings.

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

(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)

(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)


Thomas Wolsey was the second most powerful man in Tudor England, after King Henry VIII. The son of an Ipswich tavern-keeper, Wolsey became a cardinal, then Lord Chancellor and, finally, Archbishop of Canterbury. After his swift fall from grace in 1530, the college which he'd planned for his native town was never completed. All that remains today is the small gateway located nearby in College Street.