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In the light of the government announcement of March 20th, all pubs are now closed until further notice.

Some of them may well still be offering a takeaway beer service and some others will also be selling food takeaways, perhaps even with delivery. If you can give any of our pubs some support through these terrible times by buying some takeaway food or drink, please do so. Our pubs need as much support of possible if they're going to still be there for us when the crisis is over.

Bawdsey Lifeboat

Bawdsey Lifeboat

also traded as Old Beach House

Closed 1920-1970.

opened 1810

Shingle St

grid reference TM 366 426

The 1904 Woodbridge licensing records show that the Lifeboat's license was issued in 1894. Whether this was when it was first licensed or when it got a full (ie not just beer) license isn't clear, though the latter seems more probable.

The pub was reportedly blown up during RAF bomb testing during WWII - possibly whilst experimenting with bouncing bombs. Indeed the Woodbridge licensing records say that the Lifeboat was "destroyed by war actions". There must have been some hope of rebuilding the pub, as the license was kept active until 1962, when it was finally relinquished…

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

(some old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)

(** information from Stuart Ansell)

(*** historic book information from Bob Mitchell)

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