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last updated 13/01/2017

Ipswich Drunken Docker

historical era: late 20th century

opened 1984

closed 1991

Wet Dock

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The Drunken Docker was a pub which was located on two barges that were welded together and anchored in the Wet Dock. Interestingly, as late as 2006 the area where this was anchored was referred to as "the Drunken Docker area" in documents supporting the Ipswich Local Development Framework.

Mick Holland tells us (after speaking to the daughter of the owner) that it was owned by Mr Pat Lewis, and it was used as the Port Authority club house for a while for the dock workers but in reality anyone used it. The two lighters were brought for a £1.00 each from a London port and towed to Ipswich before being welded together and fitted out. The Royal Antidiluvian Order of Buffaloes also had meeting there on a regular basis.

Mick Holland also remembers the gents toilet had a port hole and you were actually standing below the water line as your eye height was level with the water, so it was a bit spooky standing there.

The Ipswich Cardinals American Football team was founded after a meeting at this pub.

Eventually it was sold to a dutchman who reputedly relocated it to Holland.


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