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Ipswich Drunken Docker

Ipswich Drunken Docker

Closed 1991

opened 1984

Wet Dock

grid reference TM169434 (approximate location)

The Drunken Docker was a pub which was located on two lighters (barges) that were welded together and anchored in the Wet Dock. Interestingly, as late as 2006 the area where this was anchored was referred to as "the Drunken Docker area" in documents supporting the Ipswich Local Development Framework.

Derrick Elliiston tells us that Mr Pat Lewis managed it for the registered dockers in the port. The Ipswich Port Authority workers had a club house at the old custom house, but when when the dock labour scheme was abolished a lot of the dockers took severance pay. Pat Lewis and his team tried very hard to keep it going. Due to the lack of support it was eventually closed down…

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

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