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CAMRA Ipswich & East Suffolk branch.last updated 08/02/2020
Ipswich Seahorse (Sea Horse)historical closure era: late 20th century
closed 1977 circa
4 Bank St
The last incarnation of this pub was built in about 1920s. Earlier pubs seem to have been listed for various other local streets so it may have moved site in former times - if you know any more details please let us know!
Bank St used to be a continuation of Foundation St. running through to College St. and close to St Mary on Quay church. It has also been previously listed in Peter Street and in College Street.
The pub was listed in the 1844 White's Directory with carriers operating from the inn to Bildeston, Bury St Edmunds, Chelsworth, Eye, Framlingham, Fressingfield, Melford, Oakley, Thetford, Thorpe-le-Stoken and Wetheringsett.
The 1963-1977 Ipswich licensing records (the most recent available) show that the pub was open at least up to 1977.
Demolished in 1980.
The pub is 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.
Thomas Wolsey was the second most powerful man in Tudor England, after King Henry VIII. The son of an Ipswich tavern-keeper, Wolsey became a cardinal, then Lord Chancellor and, finally, Archbishop of Canterbury. After his swift fall from grace in 1530, the college which he'd planned for his native town was never completed. All that remains today is the small gateway located nearby in College Street.