Ipswich Uncle Tom's Cabin
previously known as Orwell Mariner
closed January 29th, 2013
198 Vernon St, IP2 8JF
grid reference TM 164 436
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last updated 19/09/2015
Small pub with nautical connections.
The fairly short-lived Orwell Mariner name came about in the 1980s, when Ipswich Borough Council threatened to close the pub down because of its "racist" name; a "fact" strangely lost on the pub's black clientèle (of whom there were many). Evidently the (no doubt white) person who made the ruling had never read Harriet Beecher Stowe's anti-slavery classic.
Closed January 2013, apparently after problems with its license conditions being breached. In November 2014 indications that it seems to be en-route to reopening were seen, though as of mid-2015 this seems to have stalled. In August 2015 sold for conversion into multiple occupancy residential usage
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)