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CAMRA Ipswich & East Suffolk branch.last updated 09/01/2019
Ipswich Bear & Crown (Bear)historical era: Victorian / Edwardian
closed about 1885
19? Westgate St
It seems likely that the Bear & Crown occupied what's now two shop units immediately east of the building we have pictured as the Suffolk Hotel.
In 1888 it was recorded that "[it] some years ago became absorbed in the Suffolk Hotel". The 1830 drawing of the Suffolk (before they were joined) occupying the whole of the three-story building, with a gap to the west of it, so making it unlikely that the Bear & Crown was that side. In addition, we're told that there are pub cellars under the shops, so if they weren't occupied by the Bear & Crown they're certainly in an old pub.
A fire is recorded at the premises in 1828 requiring extensive rebuilding, so the name may have changed after this?
NOTE: Is this the correct Bear & Crown? (another is also listed in London Road) - please let Nigel know if you have more information
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)