Ipswich Rose & Crown

Ipswich Rose & Crown

East, 52.06171,1.14275

closed July 2011

opened 17th century

77 Norwich Rd, IP1 2PR

grid reference TM 155 450

The pub is shown on this OS town plan from about 1880 (larger map).

old OS map

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 was totally bodged, leading to Bramford Road having to be closed for a long period because of the risk the building might collapse.

Since then, has had to be demolished due to it endangering public safety.

One of only eight Suffolk pubs to appear in the first (1972) edition of CAMRA's Good Beer Guide, when it sold Adnams' Bitter & Mild.

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





Historical interest

Historical interest




(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.