Ipswich Sun Inn
Ipswich Sun Inn
also traded as Rising Sun
Closed about 1917
17 St Stephen's Ln
grid reference TM 163 444
A Tudor residence converted to an inn in the early 18th century. It was used extensively by drovers and cattle-dealers after the old cattle market took over a nearby site used previously as a Timber Market.
The building dates from the 16th century, with many subsequent alterations.
These premises were listed in the 1844 White's Directory with carriers operating from the inn to Diss.
In the late 1880s, the building was much reduced in size when Dog's Head Street was widened and straightened for trams.
For many years after closing it was used as an antique shop by Mr Silburn and others.
In modern times it was a book shop for a long time, before falling empty for many years, only being renovated and re-opened as a shop in the early-2010s. At the end of 2016, it's again empty and on the market.
James Bidell has left the Tankard, in Tankard-Street, Ipswich and has now taken and enter'd the Sun in St Stephen's Lane.Ipswich Journal, August 12th 1749***
An announcement of the death yesterday se'nnight died Mrs Phillips wife of Mr Phillips, of the Sun public house in this town.Ipswich Journal, April 1810**
Died on the 18th October 1855, aged 55, after a short but severe affliction, Mr Philip Stephens, of the Sun Inn, St Stephens lane, Ipswich. The deceased was for many years landlord of the Ipswich Arms Inn (Lower brook Street), and afterwards of the Freehold Tavern, California.Ipswich Journal, October 1855**
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(census information from Dudley Diaper)
(detailed information from Old inns of Suffolk by Leonard P Thompson)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)