Photo of Sorrel Horse

Ipswich Sorrel Horse

also traded as as: Sorrell Horse

historical era: late 20th century

closed post-1977

121 Fore St

grid reference TM 169 441

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listed building grade II

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last updated 12/09/2016

Now residential & offices.

Very old photographs show that the pub had a single-storey frontage onto Fore Street, but this has been either rebuilt or remodelled since.

As shown on an 1881 map

as shown on an 1881 map

The 1963-1977 Ipswich licensing records show that the Sorrel Horse was open at least as late as 1977.

This premises was listed in the 1844 White's Suffolk Trades Directory with carriers operating from the inn to Fakenham, Felixstowe, Kirton, Levington, Walton.

The building dates from the 17th century, though it was much altered in the 18th.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** in Jan 1805 states :

To be sold by auction, at Mr Tovell's, the sign of the Sorrel Horse, Ipswich, all those extensive premises, situated in Fore Hamlet, Ipswich, in the occupations of Mr Cole, baker, J Melly, and some weekly tenants. The situation of these premises are truly desirable for the continuation of the baking business, and immediate possession may be had of the baking office, shop and house. The above premises are well supplied with good water. For further particulars apply to Mr Cole, the proprietor, who will show the premises.

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

Died on the 21st June 1835, in St Clement’s; Elizabeth, wife of Mr Herman Gullen, late of the Sorrel Horse, Ipswich.

Also listed as being in St Clement's St. (1844).

George Samuel Cook-Sterry is understood to have been landlord at some time in the 1860s or 1870s.

(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)