North West, 52.013782,1.232936
Closed about 1892
grid reference TM 219 399
The Anchor can be seen here on the 1881 OS map.
The Anchor is said to have closed down during World War One, supposedly by order of a local landowner and MP, Mr Tomline.
According to local legend, his wife was accosted by a group of somewhat happy members of the soldiery while riding her horse and invited in for a drink. Being of good character, she declined, but her husband was less happy and decided the place should be closed. As a result he was on occasion greeted in parliament with the opposition cry of "Who closed the Nacton Anchor then?"
However, the "during Word War One" claim seems to be contradicted by the 1904 OS map which shows "Club House" where earlier maps showed the Anchor, suggesting it had already closed by then. By 1926 the building was shown on the map as "The Moorings"…
To be lett, the Anchor in Nacton, a very well accustom'd House with a large Cherry-Orchard adjoining to it and Three Acres of Meadow or Tillage Ground. Enquire of Mr Robert Peacock at the Checker in St Matthew's Parish, Ipswich.Ipswich Journal, February 7th 1739***
A Petty sessions for part of the Hundred of Colncis for the hiring and retaining of servants, will be held at Anchor in Nacton on Thu Oct 3, by order of the chief constable, where all gentlemen and others meet with a hearty welcome by their humble servant, Mary Groome. Dinner upon table at two o clock. Ipswich Journal, 21 Sep 1782
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)