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A pub with a nationally important historic interior

A pub with a nationally important historic interior, the result of CAMRA's pioneering effort to identify and help protect and promote the most important historic pub interiors in the country.

SUFFOLK - Ipswich, Margaret Catchpole

An historic pub interior of national importance

Cliff Ln, Ipswich, IP3 0PQ

OSRef: TM176432

Tel: (01473) 252450


Opening Hours: 2-11

Real Ale & Cider: Real Ale

Public Transport: Near Railway Station (Derby Road (Ipswich)) and Bus Stop

Listed Status: Grade II*

List Entry Number: 1243454

Listing Date: 1995

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For a combination of quality and intactness this is the finest 1930s pub in all England. Built in 1936 for a housing estate, this precious survival embodies all that inter-war pub builders sought to achieve – refined architecture, high-quality restrained furnishings, and community facilities (in this case a still well-used bowling green, though it no longer forms part of the pub estate). The large sweeping roofs, prominent dormers and tall chimneystacks draw on vernacular traditions. Inside are three unaltered rooms plus an off-sales (intact but used for storage). The spacious public bar has parquet flooring, a solid curved counter, fine stone fireplace, lots of panelling and a bay window looking out to the bowling green. The only change is a 1970s link to the gents’, formerly outside. A small, panelled saloon (right) has its own quadrant-shaped bar counter but is only open for meetings and functions: it has bell-pushes (one still working) and another polished stone fireplace. An annunciator box still shows the names of the rooms requiring service. The lounge (rear) also has a curved counter and a bar-back with original cupboard and drawers, along with a wood-block floor, panelled walls, original fireplace in an alcove and more bell-pushes. Margaret Catchpole (1769–1819) was a horse-stealer and gaol-breaker who ended up being transported to Australia – a true Suffolk heroine! Upgraded in 2001 to Grade II* as a result of joint CAMRA/ English Heritage casework.

Margaret Catchpole, Ipswich
Public Bar