Foxhall Waddling Duck

Foxhall Waddling Duck

West, 52.04256,1.25371

Closed: approximately 1844 though possibly later

Hall Rd aka Waddling Duck Ln

grid reference TM 232 432

At one time this beer house was owned by John Cobbold, a member of the Ipswich brewing family, who also had an estate in Foxhall which included 23 acres of hops. A field in Foxhall is still known as the "hop grounds" the probable site of these gardens. These hops may also have been used at the Waddling Duck.

interactive map

old OS map

William Brown is listed in the 1844 White's Directory and reputedly the beer house closed soon after.

However, an unnamed beer house is also shown at this location on OS maps and in later trade directories and census returns from about 1869 until the end of the 19th century. So either the later premises was located nearby or used the same premises later in Victorian era - see Beer house for more details.

It was flanked by a belt of trees and had a large back garden at the end of which once stood a cottage. Behind the beer house was the landlords house and both had separate entrances. The beer house had two chimneys, one served the copper where the beer was brewed and the other a large brick oven.

The building has since been demolished; a modern house stands behind where the pub had been.





Historical interest

Historical interest





** Note: William Brown is listed in the 1844 White's Directory. A Walter T Cobbold (gent) is also recorded locally in 1844, whilst Captain Earnest George Prettyman MP was the principal landowner in the area by 1900 (living at Orwell park) if there is any confusion over dates or names related to this interesting tale

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

Old OS map reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.