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Felixstowe Little Ships

Felixstowe Little Ships

also traded as Pier Hotel, Beehive

closed 1990

opened about 1883


grid reference TM 281 329

The Little Ships burnt down one night.

When the Pier Hotel became the Little Ships isn't certain, but it's clear from the 1910 Felixstowe Rate Book that it was the Pier Hotel in 1910 and changed some time during the duration of the book (early or mid 1930s).

Originally the Pier Hotel. This was built by Colonel George Tomline in 1883, whilst he was engaged in developing the then much smaller dock that opened in the Summer of 1886. By 1969 the Little Ships formed just a part of the large building - comprising a large public bar, a smaller room, and a cocktail bar - the remainder of the building was then used for offices.Inns of the Suffolk Coast, Leonard P Thompson, 1969

The dock basin was dug out by hand between 1882-86 and the hotel was built adjacent to it at that time. …



Historical interest

Historical interest




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

(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)

(*** historic book information from Bob Mitchell)

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