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Cullingham, Charles & Co. brewery

39 Upper Brook St

Brook Street Brewery

Charles Cullingham & Co. set-up a Steam Brewery here in 1856.

The 1865 Kelly's Directory lists Blogg & Cullingham as brewers, maltsters & wine & spirit mechants at the Steam brewery, Upper Brook st (incorporating Charles Cullingham; as a brewer)

A notice in the Ipswich Journal** in Jan 1870 states :

Tonic Pale Ale
by Blogg & Cullingham, Pale Ale Brewers, Upper brook Street, Ipswich:
Since the introduction of Pale Ale, it has been growing year by year in popularity. The taste for this, the most wholesome and pleasant of all malt liquors, has now increased to such an extent, that Pale Ale has become a most important National beverage. Its beneficial properties are manifold, and there can be no doubt that a moderate use of Sound Bitter strengthens the digestive organs, and gives tone to the whole system.
Our ales of this seasons brewing are now in prime condition, and we are prepared to supply to families favouring us with their orders, an article of the greatest purity, strength, and brilliancy.
Tonic Pale Ale, in 9, 18, and 36 gallon casks at one shilling a gallon; India Pale Ale in 9, 18, and 36 gallon casks at one shilling and sixpence per gallon.

The 1874 White's Directory lists Charles Cullingham as a brewer & maltster, wine & spirit merchant (39 Upper Brook st)

The 1888 Kelly's Directory lists Charles Cullingham & Co as brewers, Maltsters & wine & spirit merchants at Steam Brewery (Brook st & Cox la)

In 1888 it was acquired by the Tollemache brothers.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** on 23 Jun in 1888 states the :

Sale of the Steam Brewery, Ipswich....which has for the past 26 years has been successfully carried on by Messrs Cullingham & Co. The brewery and the tied houses and other properties attached to it, were scheduled in the printed particulars of the sale as under, the whole being offered in one lot:

The freehold brewery, Upper brook st comprising the buildings, two maltings, underground stores, stabling, artesian well, and the plant, which is equal to 18 quarters (but could easily be increased to 25 quarters) and the freehold tap house, known as the Steam Brewery Inn (Upper brook st)...the property was knocked down to the Hon Randolph Tollemache at £65,300.


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Dolphin, The Quay

Defiance, Stoke st

Belvedere, Cox Lane

County Hotel, St Helens

Cricketers Arms, William st & Navarre st

Grapes, Norwich rd

Hand -in-hand, St Peters

John Bull, Woodbridge rd

Three Jolly Sailors, Handford rd

Lion, Woodbridge rd

Maypole, Whitton

Primrose, Turret la

Prince Albert with bake office,Lady Lane

Railway Tavern, near Railway station

Royal Standard, The Mount

Royal William, Handford rd

Red Lion, Bramford rd

St Mathew's Ale stores, St Mathew's st

Saddler's Arms, Waterworks st

Salutation, Carr st (sold subject to 6 feet 6 inches of frontage being given up for the improvement of Carr st)

Safe Harbour, Borough rd

Spotted Cow, Bramford rd

Times Bewery, Brorough rd

Anchor, Hadleigh

Brook Inn, Washbrook

Brickmakers Arms, Seckford st, Woodbridge

Bull inn, Woolpit (sold subject to lease at £55)

Bell, Kesgrave with 40 acres land (let at 25s per acre tithe free)

Bell, Blackenham

Britannia, Woodbridge rd

Crown, Alderton

George, Wickham Market

Half Moon, Burstall

Horse Shoes, Whatfield with blacksmith's shop, stables etc

King' head, Hadleigh

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Old Bucks's Head, Debenham

Queens Head, Great Wenham

Rose, Shotley

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Norfolk, Princes st (for 71 years at £7 10s per annum)

Vernon Arms, Vernon st (for 99 years from 25 Mar 1842 at £2 10s 6d per annum)

Water Lily, St Helens (for 1000 years from 1656 at 10s per annum)

Zulu, Wolsey st (for 7 years from 25 Mar 1882 at £39 per annum - option to purchase for £600)

Kettleborough Chequers (for 14 years from 29 Sep 1879 at £32 10s)

Clopton Crown (for 14 years from 06 Apr 1880 at £32 10s)

Mountain Ash, The Mount (for 14 years from 28 Dec at £82 10s per annum)

Magpie, Stonham (for 21 years from 11 Oct 1885 at £56 per annum)

New Anchor, Stoke st (for 10 years from 25 Mar 1884 at £19 per annum)

Ship, Levington (for 14 years from 11 Oct 1880 at £20 per annum)

Tankard, Bentley (for 12 years from 11 Oct 1884 at £19 6s and £20 per annum)

George, Hintlesham with 14 acres land (for 21 years from 11 Oct 1883 at £80 per annum)


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Arbouretum inn with 3 cottages at Ipswich

Black Swan, Hadleigh

Plough, Hadleigh

New White Elm, Copdock

Sun, Grundisburgh

(** historic newspaper information from John Martin)