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Ipswich Nightingale Inn

Ipswich Nightingale Inn


Closed: 1940s

last owner/operator: S & P

13-15 John St

grid reference TM 171 438 (approximate location)

The pub may also may also be listed in Duke Street.

The Nightingale was opposite the engineering works and had a front entrance and a back entrance. The beers were lined up on the bar so that as the factory hooter sounded the workers could go in the front door, drink their pint and exit into the street behind. Apparently it had a stuffed nightingale in a glass box inside.

Herbert Skeet ran the pub from 1872 to 1920. He ran the pub with his wife Elizabeth Crapnell. (Daughter of James Crapnell who ran the Pot of Flowers). Herbert died in 1920 at 48 years of age. He died of Neuritis, hepatic cirrhosis aseites and pulmonary oedema, therefore it looks like he drank himself to death. …







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

(detailed information by David Clow)