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Important Covid information

The first tranche of pubs (those able to serve outdoors) have now been allowed to reopen. The rest of our pubs may be permitted to reopen from May 17th.

Pubs providing takeaways continue to be listed on this page.

Those known to have reopened or to be planning to reopen as soon as permitted are listed on this page.

Ipswich Steam Packet

Ipswich Steam Packet

also traded as Compasses, Compass, Three Compasses

closed 18th September 1960

last owner/operator: cobbold

2-4 Duke St

grid reference TM 170 440

This building dates from the early 19th century, though there has been an inn on the site since at least 1765.

The pub is shown on a 1778 map as "The Compass"; so sometime in the early 19th century it had become "the Compasses"; it's marked as such on plans understood to date from about the time the Wet Dock was opened (1842).

Now used for student accommodation.

Ian Johnson tells us:

They had a coal stove in the bar with an iron chimney pipe going up through the ceiling. I once leant nonchalantly against that pipe and burned my palm so badly that I had to be rushed to hospital on the back of my mate's motorbike…

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Historical interest

Historical interest

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Landlords

Landlords

(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)

Closure date from Ipswich licensing records.

(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)

(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)

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