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last updated 08/02/2020

Ipswich Alexandra Beer House

historical closure era: Victorian / Edwardian

20 Carr St

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An application to renew the license for the sale of beer at the Alexandra beer house was made by John Freston. The magistrates heard that there were a number of complaints made by the neighbours regarding the language used by Mr and Mrs Freston particularly during their many domestic tiffs. One incident that occurred last winter caused particular concern when Mr Fenson turned his wife out of doors in the middle of the night in a state of near nudity. A police officer attracted by the disturbance spent some time persuading Mr Freston to throw down a shawl so that his wife could cover her nakedness. It was a very inclement night and the officer persuaded the poor woman to seek refuge at the police station. The license was refused.Ipswich Journal, September 1870**
At a special sitting the magistrates reviewed John Frestons application for the renewal of his beer license and inquired after his marital status. They were informed through his solicitor that the Frestons were now living in marital bliss. The license was renewed.Ipswich Journal, October 1870**

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

(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)