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CAMRA Ipswich & East Suffolk branch.last updated 25/01/2020
Ipswich Freemasons' Tavern
also traded as as: Masonshistorical closure era: 21st century
77-79 Victoria St, IP1 2LS
A genuine back-street local which could be hard to find. Historically the Freemasons', it traded in later years as just the "Masons".
Closed and boarded up as of June 2016. On July 17th the building was severely damaged by a fire. The pub's future is uncertain, but it seems unlikely to reopen. In February 2018, a planning application was lodged to demolish the building and replace it with flats.
It's shown (though not named) on this old OS map from about the end of the 19th century. larger map
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)
(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)
Old OS map reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.
The Freemasons are a secretive male orientated fraternity or organisation that is usually divided into local groups - called "lodges" - and which today may seek to promote mutual self interest and some charity work. A pub with this name may signify a link (or former link) to a local lodge.