As pubs across the county are starting to reopen, we're trying to collate a comprehensive list of those that have reopened or are close to it. Our list can be found on this page.
Although the government has now allowed pubs to reopen, many are still unable to do so safely, while most if not all are only able to accommodate limited numbers of customers. Many of them are still reliant on providing takeaway food and/or drinks. Some offer deliveries, while others are selling from the premises. This page lists details of those we know about.
If you can give any of our pubs some support through these difficult times by buying some takeaway food or drink, please do so. Our pubs need as much support as possible if they're going to still be there for us when the crisis is over.
Ipswich John Barleycorn
Ipswich John Barleycorn
closed 17th March 1958
last owner/operator: tollemache
101 Woodhouse St
grid reference TM 170 443
The pub is also listed at 73 Woodhouse Street (before 1904), 9 New Victoria Street (in 1871) and Pottery Street. The 1883 OS map places it on the north-west corner of the junction between Woodhouse Street and Dove Lane. It was closed in 1958 as part of a long-standing scheme to reduce the number of "excess" alcohol licenses and was the last premises to be demolished in the potteries - a poor suburb of the town that was subsequently redeveloped to become the Civic college and more recently the New college (and part of the university campus). Therefore most of these local roads no longer exist.
It's shown on this OS town plan of 1883.
Inquest into the body of a man, at John Barleycorn PH in St Clements, Ipswich. John Broom had been ill for a fortnight, but rumours of foul play discounted by inquestIpswich Journal, 8 June 1961.
The estate of the late Mr Owen Ridley, a brewer of Ipswich was submitted to public competition on Wednesday 2nd July 1890 includes the following public house details:
the John Barleycorn, corner of Woodhouse Street and Pottery Street, Ipswich, let at £15 per annum (freehold)Ipswich Journal, July 1890**It was eventually bought by the bid of Messrs. Tollemache.
John Barleycorn is usually a jocular reference to beer or ale or malt liquor and often used in verse - historically associations would be of "noble blood", usually a supporter of the crown and other traditional values.
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
Closure date from Ipswich licensing records.
(old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)