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In the light of the government announcement of March 20th, all pubs are now closed until further notice.

Some of them may well still be offering a takeaway beer service and some others will also be selling food takeaways, perhaps even with delivery. If you can give any of our pubs some support through these terrible times by buying some takeaway food or drink, please do so. Our pubs need as much support of possible if they're going to still be there for us when the crisis is over.

Ipswich Wilkes Head

Ipswich Wilkes Head

Closed 1774 circa.

Fore Hamlet

The pub was named after John Wilkes, who was held in high esteem for "writing down" the Marquis of Bute.

To be sold, a Freehold Tenement situate in the Fore Hamlet in Ipswich, lately known by the Sign of Wilk's Head.Ipswich Journal, 6th Aug 1774***
To be lett or sold, a Tenement, situated in the Hamlet in Ipswich, formerly known by the Sign of the Wilkes's Head.Ipswich Journal, 25 Feb 1775***

It was probably renamed after this sale was completed (presumably it's then one of the other pubs listed in the area).

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

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