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Although the latest lockdown has now ended, Suffolk remains in Tier Two, which means that drinks on the premises can only be sold with "substantial" meals. This of course rules out reopening for the vast majority of pubs. As and when pubs reopen, we will list them on this page and highlight them on location pages.

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Ipswich Dolphin Inn

Ipswich Dolphin Inn

closed 19th June 1909

St Peter's Dock

grid reference TM 165 440

The Dolphin Inn is shown at this location on the 1884 OS map; an old photograph helps confirm the precise location as immediately to the west of the building still standing with the Waterside bar in it. It has also been listed at Common Quay and St Mary at the Quay.

An inn called the Dolphin is also recorded in 1528 but we do not know if it is the same building.

The pub's closure date was recorded in the Borough Police licensed premises register 1903-1923.






A dolphin is seen as a friendly animal that would help ancient mariners by twining itself round the anchor cable in a storm to prevent the anchor dragging. It also features in many coats of arms including the Fishmongers Company and the Company of Watermen. In France from the 14th cent. the eldest son of the king was known as "le dauphin".

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

(information from Dudley Diaper)