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Ipswich Cow & Pail

Ipswich Cow & Pail

Closed about 1933

opened Before 1823

7-11 Rope Walk

grid reference TM 167 444

The pub was listed as the Cow and Pail Inn in the 1932 Kelly's Directory, but as three separate properties in 1939. It seems likely that the Kelly's entries from 1912 onwards may have been for a different pub of the same name, as the 1909 Rating book shows it as "Cow & Pail (late)". Unless it re-opened at a later date (it's not clear what period these books were valid for).

It's also listed in "Rope Lane" (1830 & 1844) - presumably an earlier name for Rope Walk.

The Cow & Pail can be seen here on an 1881 map of Ipswich.

old map showing the Cow & Pail



Historical interest

Historical interest




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

(old PO directory information courtesy of

(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)