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Ipswich Spread Eagle

temporarily closed

1-3 Fore St, IP4 1JW

grid reference TM 167 443


(details under review)

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listed building grade II

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Local licensing authority for Ipswich is Ipswich Borough Council
last updated 21/07/2015

Seems to have closed Oct/Nov 2014. Repair work is now (June) ongoing and the pub should reopen in the second half of July, run by Grain Brewery.

This distinctive Grade 2 listed building is the sole survivor of four pubs which once stood at this junction.

The building dates from the 16th or 17th century.

(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)

(*** Last Orders is a free local newsletter - published by Suffolk CAMRA members since 1978)


The spread eagle was originally a Roman sign and later used by many countries including Austria, Germany, Russia, Spain & France. The sign is also used by many English noble families. Its popularity as an inn sign owes a lot to the fact that it was the device of Catherine of Aragon.