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listed building grade II
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last updated 24/08/2017
Ipswich Steam Packet
also traded as as: Compasses, Compass, Three Compasseshistorical era: mid 20th century
closed September 18th, 1960
last owner cobbold
2-4 Duke St
Now used for student accommodation, this building dates from the early 19th century, though there has been an inn on the site since at least 1765. The pub is shown on a 1778 map as "The Compass"; some time in the early 19th century it had become "the Compasses"; it's marked as such on plans understood to date from about the time the Wet Dock was opened (1842).
Ian Johnson tells us:
They had a coal stove in the bar with an iron chimney pipe going up through the ceiling. I once leant nonchalantly against that pipe and burned my palm so badly that I had to be rushed to hospital on the back of my mate's motorbike. I would put that at 1958/9.
This may have earlier been known as the Carpenters Arms; the rate list for 1754-1755 lists Danl Christmas at the Carpenters Arms and the same man in 1755-1756 at the Steam Packet. Either the inn was renamed or the landlord moved.
The license was surrendered in 1960.
The Steam Packet can be seen here on an 1881 map
Died on the 29th July Richard, aged 30, youngest son of Mr H W Girling, of the Steam Packet Inn.Ipswich Journal*** in Aug 1880
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
Closure date from Ipswich licensing records.
(** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)
(*** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)