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CAMRA Ipswich & East Suffolk branch.last updated 25/01/2020
Ipswich Lock Tavern
also traded as as: Dock Tavern, Westgate's Commercial Hotelhistorical closure era: mid 20th century
closed September 11th, 1955
New Cut East
The former Lock Tavern was converted In to two flats and a house In the late 1950s, and subsequently demolished. Many thanks to Derrick Elliston who writes "I lived In The Ground Flat With My Parents. My Father Was A Boat Man For The Dock Commission."
According to the book "A Victorian Vision, the building of Ipswich Wet Dock", the Lock Tavern started out as Westgate's Commercial Hotel.
The pub is shown on this OS town plan of 1883.
The name refers to the original lock which is visible on this map as an indentation on the New Cut West side, not the current one.
(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 Stuart Ansell)
(*** historic book information from Bob Mitchell)