grid reference TM 164 447
opened (rebuilt in 1923)
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listed building grade II
Local licensing authority for Ipswich is Ipswich Borough Council
CAMRA Ipswich & East Suffolk branch.
last updated 13/09/2018
also traded as as: Halbert, Halberd, PJ McGinty
15 Northgate St, IP1 3BY
Now a single, split level single bar with a strong Irish theme and an interesting collection of bric-a-brac. It can be busy at weekends.
The building is thought to date from the 17th century, though it was re-fronted in the 19th. It's said that the cellar contains a bricked-up entrance to a maze of tunnels.
Currently closed and undergoing renovation work. It appears that the old name will be restored, though this has been mis-spelled on the license application, which may prove interesting.
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(census information from Dudley Diaper)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)
(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)
A halberd is a combination of spear and axe with a shaft about 2m long. Halberdiers were body guards to Tudor monarchs and they are still used ceremonially by Yeoman of the Guard.