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last updated 30/12/2019

Ipswich Uncle Tom's Cabin

also traded as as: Orwell Mariner

historical closure era: 21st century

closed January 29th, 2013

198 Vernon St, IP2 8JF

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This was a small pub with nautical connections.

The fairly short-lived Orwell Mariner name came about in the 1980s, when Ipswich Borough Council threatened to close the pub down because of its "racist" name; a "fact" strangely lost on the pub's black clientèle (of whom there were many). Evidently the (no doubt white) person who made the ruling had never read Harriet Beecher Stowe's anti-slavery classic.

It closed January 2013, apparently after problems with its license conditions being breached. In November 2014 indications that it seemed to be en-route to reopening were seen. However it's understood that the authorities were unwilling to issue a new license, so in August 2015 it was sold for conversion into multiple occupancy residential usage.

(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)

(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)