Ipswich Ship Inn
Ipswich Ship Inn
Closed: about 1925
opened 15th century
27-29 Back Hamlet
grid reference TM 170 441
The pub is shown on this OS town plan from about 1880 (larger map).
Dating back to early 18th century these premises were listed in the 1844 White's Directory with carriers operating from the inn to Henley.
The original Congregational chapel shown was later to become the Grimwade Hall, now part of a residential development fronting the junction between Fore & Back Hamlets - all other property depicted apart from Steam Packet pub has since been demolished.
The Ship Inn was demolished after closure and the road has since been widened. Part of the site is now under the car park in front of current St Clements congregational chapel (on the opposite side of the road to the original one as shown on map below).
A reference appears in the Ipswich Journal, February 16th 1734***, to a Cock Match at Mr Thomas Hopwood's at the Ship in St Clement's Parish, Ipswich
Thomas Greenlefe has taken the Ship in St Clement's Parish, Ipswich formerly kept by Thomas Hopwood. NB. There are ten intire good Stalls.Ipswich Journal, May 8th 1754***
Jean Caley tells us:
My Grandmother (aged 83) in 1983 was the grand-daughter of the Publican Jim or James Aldous. He had several children and Ada Aldous (my great grandmother, also called "happy Ada Aldous") was one of them. My grandmother was called Gertrude Ethel Hooker and was the daughter of Joseph Hooker, Master Mariner who owned 2 boats, both of which were kept in the Harbour. So they lived nearby!…
(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)
Old OS map reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.