Felixstowe Little Ships

Felixstowe Little Ships

also traded as Pier Hotel, Beehive


closed 1990

opened about 1883


grid reference TM 281 329

The Pier Hotel can be seen on this old OS map from about 1902 (interactive map)

old OS map

In 1867, Colonel (George) Tomline (1813-89) purchased 6,000 acres of coastal land from the Duke of Hamilton on which he soon started to build roads and houses. He also began a campaign to build a railway from Ipswich to Felixstowe and was soon chairman of the Felixstowe Railway and Pier Company. This resulted in a new branch line and many new developments in Felixstowe. The Pier hotel was part of this early development.

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

The 1904 Woodbridge licensing records show that the Pier Hotel's license was issued in 1877.…



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.