Ipswich Tankard Inn

Ipswich Tankard Inn

also traded as Theatre Tavern

South, 52.05592,1.15724

closed 20th September 1961

opened 1736 (rebuilt 1802)

last owner/operator: cobbold

13 Tacket St

grid reference TM 165 444

The pub is shown on this OS town plan from about 1880 (larger map).

old OS map

This street appears to have been renumbered at times to take account of the many demolitions and realignments along the north side.

Originally built as a private residence and was once the home of Sir Humphrey Wingfield MP (circa 1481-1545). Converted into an inn about 1736. Some of the original fixtures (including a fireplace mantle and oak panelling) were removed during subsequent refurbishments and can still be seen today on display in Christchurch mansion.

Extensively rebuilt after a serious fire in 1843 and afterwards called the Theatre tavern, as the Theatre Royal stood alongside. The pub was still listed in local trade directories as the Theatre bar in 1865, 1869 and 1874…





Historical interest

Historical interest




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

Closure date from Ipswich licensing records.

(census information from Dudley Diaper)

(old PO directory information courtesy of

(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)

(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)

(**** Proceedings of the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and Natural History)

Old OS map reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.