closed 8th July 1907
2 Handford Rd
grid reference TM 158 446 (approximate location)
The pub's closure date is recorded in the Borough Police licensed premises register 1903-1923.
Laura Westley was under the influence of drink and dancing to a crowd at Hyde Park Corner. She was taken into custody and fined 2s 6d. Laura Enemy of the Griffin beerhouse, The Mount, pleaded guilty to obstructing the police and endeavouring to liberate Laura Westley. Fined 10s 6d or 7 days.Ipswich Journal, April 14th 1900** (when Laura Enemy was the landlady)
On the evidence of the story above and the Ipswich Rate book, which notes "license lost", it was evidently not a well-run pub.
The pub has also been listed at the Mount, which ran roughly from what's now the east end of Handford Road through to the junction of Elm Street and Black Horse Lane).
At a Petty Sessions hearing on September 29th 1860 The Griffin was refused a new spirits licence. Out of the twenty four applications only three establishments were granted licences.
David SHARMAN, of the Griffin Beerhouse, Mount, Ipswich was charged with keeping his house open during prohibited hours. He claimed the beer was drawn by his son, against his wishes, Cautioned on payment of costs.Ipswich Journal, December 21st 1869***
David Sharman, landlord of the Griffin beer house, The Mount, was charged with keeping open his beer house during prohibited hours. Sharman stated that the beer had been drawn against his wishes by his son. The magistrates discharged the defendant with a caution, and on payment of costs…
A griffin is a fabulous monster - half eagle and half lion - popular in heraldry and often spelt griffon or gryphon.
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)
(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)
(Petty Sessions info from Ipswich Journal - Kim Jennings)