closed 11th July 1977
last owner/operator: Tolly Cobbold
2-4 Orwell Place
grid reference TM 166 443
The building dates from the early-mid 19th century.
The Unicorn was formerly owned by the nearby (still standing) Catchpole Brewery. Adjacent to the hotel were houses for both the brewer and brewery employees (now converted into restaurants).
The pub is shown (though not named) on this old OS map from about the end of the 19th century. interactive map
All persons having any claims or demands upon the estate of James Crisp, late of the Unicorn Inn, Ipswich, deceased, are requested to send an account of their respective claims to Mr Thomas Crisp, of the Bee Hive Inn, Ipswich, his Executor, to whom all persons standing indebted to the deceased, are required to pay the amount of their several debts, within one month.Ipswich Journal, June 1830**
Auction of Household Furniture & Effects of Mr George GARROD, wine merchant, Unicorn Inn, Ipswich.Ipswich Journal, March 29th 1845***
Unicorn Hotel, Ipswich, proprietor: Frs E Last, Commercial and family Hotel, Catchpoles finest ales and stout, wines and spirits.Ipswich Journal, January 1895**
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
Closure date from Ipswich licensing records.
(** information from Stuart Ansell)
(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)
Old OS map reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.