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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 Curson Lodge

Ipswich Curson Lodge

Closed 1840-1920.

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

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