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last updated 21/01/2020

Ipswich Rose & Crown

historical closure era: 21st century

opened 17th century

closed July 2011

77 Norwich Rd, IP1 2PR

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The Rose & Crown finally closed in July 2011. Most signage had already been removed by mid-month. Planning permission for conversion to a Kurdish community centre was applied for; however, "renovation" work by the group substantially wrecked the building and it appears today to have simply been abandoned in its wrecked state (see gallery).

The pub is shown (though unnamed) on this old OS map of about 1902 (larger map

old OS map

A reference in the Ipswich Journal, July 10th & 17th 1726*** to the Rose and Crown in St Matthew's Parish, Ipswich.

Also listed at Whitten Road (in 1839) and as a 1830s brew pub.

For sale, the Capital Public House called The Rose & Crown, with Brewery & Stables attached, situate in the Norwich Road, St Matthews, Ipswich.Ipswich Journal, 16 October 16th 1847***
Daniel Vince, landlord of the Rose and Crown, Ipswich, was charged with keeping his house open on Sunday 16th December 1855 between the hours of 3 and 5pm. Vince's answer to the charge was that as the taxes had nearly doubled, he took money when he could. He was fined 40s and costs.Ipswich Journal, December 1855**
My Parents Charles and Hilda Elvin were the licensees from 1944 to about 1948, after being bombed out of the Malthouse Pub in Ipswich. My sister Mary was born at the Rose and Crown on the 13th July 1946 and it has been suggested that she was the only female child ever born there? We moved to New Zealand in 1950 and I currently reside at the Gold Coast in Queensland Australia.Geoffrey Elvin

(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.