North West, 52.01378,1.23294
Closed: about 1892
grid reference TM 219 399
The Anchor can be seen here on the 1881 OS map.
George Tomline inherited Orwell Park (and presumably the Nacton Anchor) in 1836 and never married. On his death in 1889 his estate was inherited by Captain Ernest George Pretyman.
E.G. Pretyman was the MP for Woodbridge from 1895 to 1906 and for Chelmsford from 1908 to 1923. During the build-up to his political career he was reported as making a speech at Wickham Market on farming. During this speech he was asked about the closure of the Nacton Anchor.
He replied that in the parish of Nacton and Levington there were public houses of which he owned one, the Anchor. It occurred to him that as there was not a club available to the men of the parish so if he converted the Anchor into a reading room it would be a good thing. …
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, 7 Feb 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…
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