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CAMRA Ipswich & East Suffolk branch.last updated 08/02/2020
Felixstowe Bath Hotel
also traded as as: Hamilton Hotelhistorical closure era: Victorian / Edwardian
The Bath Hotel was built in 1839 for John Cobbold and originally called the Hamilton Hotel.
It has also been referred to as the Hamilton Arms, which was renamed to the Bath Hotel in the 1860s. It may also have been at one time the Hamilton Temperance Hotel (a time at which it won't have been of great interest to visitors to this site).
The hotel burned down on April 28th, 1914 after incendiary devices were planted by militant Suffragettes. Hilda Birkett and Florence Tunks set fire to the hotel as part of their "Votes for Women" campaign. The hotel was empty at the time, but was completely gutted. Crowds gathered for their trial at Bury Assizes on 29th May, where they both received prison sentences.
Interestingly, at the time of the fire, it was operated by Cobbold's but owned by Tollemache.
The 1904 Woodbridge licensing records show that the Bath's license was issued in 1853. 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 hotel is shown on this old OS map from about the end of the 19th century. larger map
In 1865 they advertised warm and sea salt baths and billiards. The hotel was also listed at Beach Road East (in 1912).
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(some old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)
(** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)