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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)