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Ipswich Original Ocean Queen

Ipswich Original Ocean Queen

also traded as Ocean Queen Beer House, British Queen

closed 27th February 1941

Salthouse St

grid reference TM 168 441

The Ocean Queen and Original Ocean Queen are separate pubs.

The 1861 & 1871 censuses record the pub in Barnards Place, the 1881 census recorded the two pubs with three properties between them, and the 1891 census recorded the pub in Ocean Queen Yard.

The Ocean Queen had a dubious reputation in mid to late Victorian era with four adjacent two roomed cottages in the yard. Each cottage had a young female "housekeeper". The landlord also kept a menagerie of birds, monkeys and dogs.

The pub closed after most of building was destroyed on Feb 27, 1941 during an air-raid on town. Post war redevelopment saw a bank being built on site - now converted in 2013 to the Briarbank brewery.



Historical interest

Historical interest





NOTE: A messuage equates to a dwelling-house and may include outbuildings, orchard, curtilage or court-yard and garden - this may have been an earlier structure to the current property.

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

(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)