also traded as Prince of Wales, Prince of Wales Feathers, Three Feathers
closed 2nd October 1966
last owner/operator: Tolly Cobbold
65 Westgate St
grid reference TM 160 447
The Feathers dates back at least to the early 17th century, when it was listed in a church rate book as "The Three Feathers". It also appeared in a 1769 watercolour of the town's West Gate by Francis Gorse.
It was demolished a long time ago. The 1883 OS map shows it on the east side of the junction between Westgate Street and Lady Lane.
The pub is listed at St. Matthew Street in the 1840 Pigot's Directory.
It's shown (though not named) on this old OS map from about the end of the 19th century. interactive map
These premises were listed in the 1844 White's Directory with carriers operating from the inn to Coddenham and Crowfield.
Mr Thomas Beston is at the Three Feathers, Ipswich.Ipswich Journal, July 5th 1740***
Richard Chapman, Innholder, was accused by Daniel Driver, that he did beat, wound and ill-treat him with a great oaken Plank at the Three Feathers in Ipswich and that he had since absconded. Chapman was described as a blackish Man, about five foot ten inches tall and born in Kennitt, near Bury St Edmunds…
Nearby, Hyde Park Corner is a name given to the junction of Crown St, St Matthew's St and Westgate St.
On January 8th, 1297, a royal wedding took place at the Shrine of Our Lady of Grace (also known as Our Lady of Ipswich) between Princess Elizabeth, daughter of King Edward I and the Count of Holland. Edward I stayed in the town for the ceremony with 'a splendid court'.The shrine was then located just outside the West Gate of the medieval town (hence Lady lane today). The shrine and the associated icon was possibly destroyed as part of the reformation in 1538. The icon was reputedly burned after first being conveyed to Thomas Cromwell in Chelsea along with others including items from Walsingham, Worcester and Bermondsey. The West Gate was pulled down in 1782. More details from here.
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
Closure date from Ipwich licensing records.
(* additional date information from Faye Mulley)
(** 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.