18 Stowupland St
grid reference TM 049 587
It's shown (though not named) on this OS town plan of 1885 (larger map).
4d could get a pie, a pint and a thick ear at The Bargea local saying in 1900
The Barge was located very close to Ipswich Navigation (river Gipping) which opened in 1793.
The building now houses a Ladies' hairdresser.
(information supplied from Neil Langridge)
It was owned by John Aldrich before 1805. After 1805 it was owned by John Cobbold's brewery.
To be let, the Barge, Stowmarket. Apply to Merrs. COBBOLD, Brook St, Ipswich.Ipswich Journal, 2 April 1853***
William Ruffles, landlord of the Barge Inn, Stowmarket, was charged with selling intoxicating liquor during prohibited hours, a charge he denied as he was not at home at the time. Inspector Simkin had visited the house on a Sunday at 10.20 and witness Mrs Ruffles draw half a pint of beer for a young man who paid for it. William Ruffles was found guilty, although he was not at home he was responsible for the good conduct of the house, and in general the house was well kept, he was fined 10s and costs of 9s 6d.Ipswich Journal, June 1885**
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(detailed information by Neil Langridge - and also Brian Southgate - see their book "Stowmarket, Combs and Stowupland Pubs" published by Polstead Press in 2009)
(some old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)
(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)
Old OS map reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.