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Ipswich Curson Lodge

Ipswich Curson Lodge

Closed between 1840 and 1920

1 Silent St

grid reference TM 162 442

Curson Lodge is believed to date from the early 16th century. It was built either as an inn or a lodging house. During the 17th century, the building was used as a naval hospital.

It seems most probable that it was originally a lodging-house for Lord Curson's Elephant & Castle on the opposite corner of Silent Street. There seems to be some confusion in the historic record between the two buildings, both being said to have been used as a naval hospital and inn.

One theory about the origins of Silent Street's name is that when Curson Lodge was being used as a hospital for soldiers wounded in the Dutch wars of the 1650s, the noise of horses and carts in the street kept disturbing them, so straw was lain in the road to make it silent.…

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