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Ipswich Royal William

Ipswich Royal William

also traded as Hoofers

closed 1998

141 London Rd

grid reference TM 151 445

The original name is claimed to refer to William IV - but that is unlikely as the pub clearly predates this king, renowned for his extravagant lifestyle. Once a large ornate garden was maintained between the pub and the river.

After a time as a lively nightclub bar in 1980s, the Royal William name returned in 1993 when it was refurbished. It was demolished for a new retail shop, together with the neighbouring Ipswich Arms in 1999.

The pub is shown (though not named) on this old OS map from the 1890s. interactive map

old OS map





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.