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Days Gone By - Raising a glass to Ipswich’s Feathers Hotel and Sorrel Horse

PUBLISHED: 19:00 14 March 2017

The Feathers Hotel at the corner of Westgate Street, Ipswich, with Kershaws the tobacconists next door. This photograph was taken in 1949 when William Beckerleg was the landlord.

The Feathers Hotel at the corner of Westgate Street, Ipswich, with Kershaws the tobacconists next door. This photograph was taken in 1949 when William Beckerleg was the landlord.

Dave Kindred

Recalling lost public houses, inns and taverns often sparks memories and debates and this week readers have been remembering two of Ipswich’s Watering holes.

The landlord and landlady of the Sorrel Horse, Ipswich, Eric Jim and Pam Sharman and their full-time assistant, Irene MarjoramThe landlord and landlady of the Sorrel Horse, Ipswich, Eric Jim and Pam Sharman and their full-time assistant, Irene Marjoram

The Feathers Hotel stood at the junction of Westgate Street and Lady Lane. It was the site of the Three Feathers dating back to 1528, which stood just outside the town’s West Gate. The gate was demolished in the 1780s. Reader Dave Ashford has recalled the tobacconists shop that stood next door until the 1960s.

Another reader sent a 1974 cutting from the Evening Star featuring the Sorrel Horse in Fore Street, Ipswich, which intriguingly had a “Tunnel of Love”.

The Sorrel Horse stood at the junction of Grimwade Street and Fore Street, and closed in 1975.

Bill Peck and John Sharman enjoying a pint at the Sorrel Horse, Ipswich, in December 1974.Bill Peck and John Sharman enjoying a pint at the Sorrel Horse, Ipswich, in December 1974.

The building was thought to have been a private, possibly farmhouse, that became an inn during the 17th Century.

During coaching days it had stable accommodation.

This 1974 photograph was taken from Grimwade Street. The area was developed and is know called Sorrel Horse Mews.

The Sorrel Horse  stood at the junction of Grimwade Street and Fore Street. The building was thought to have been a private, possibly farmhouse, that became an inn during the 17th Century. This 1974 photograph was taken from Grimwade Street.The Sorrel Horse stood at the junction of Grimwade Street and Fore Street. The building was thought to have been a private, possibly farmhouse, that became an inn during the 17th Century. This 1974 photograph was taken from Grimwade Street.

Eric ‘Jim’ and Pam Sharman took over as landlord and landlady of the Sorrel Horse from Eric’s grandfather who had been licensee since 1922.

Eric was born and spent his childhood there.

In 1974 he said: “This is a family house.”

Ladies enjoying an evening out at the Sorrel Horse, Ipswich, in December 1974.Ladies enjoying an evening out at the Sorrel Horse, Ipswich, in December 1974.

His father John ‘Jack’ visited the pub every lunch hour and Eric’s sister “Rene” had helped behind the bar for 18 years.

Do you have memories of the Feathers or the Sorrel Horse? Email David Kindred with your memories.

3 comments

  • Much happier times simple times not easy but more fulfilling and as the comment from Hanzi try 62 and still working 60 hours a week to pay the mortgage and were can i sell a kidney anyway lol

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    Ian Douglas

    Friday, March 17, 2017

  • My old dad used to drink in the Feathers. He would take me up town on a Saturday, get my haircut in a little barber shop in St Matthews Street which was probably where Pennington's is now. The barber was a dapper little man with glasses who I think dad used to call Ted? There was another door which used to go up to a Tailors. Anyway after that it was a toy treat. Across the road to a shop which was at the bottom of St Georges Street which I think may have been called ALDRIDGES? Then round to the back yard of the Feathers where I would sit with my new Corgi or Matchbox toy with some crisps and a bottle of Vimto while dad had a drink and a game of cards. Lovely days.

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    waspie

    Wednesday, March 15, 2017

  • Amazing that people could have relatively comfortable and stable lives back in those days, just doing shop work, tending bar or what have you. Anybody under 40 now will need a dual income and the sale of a kidney to get a decent place to rent, let alone own anywhere.

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    Hanzi_Pollock

    Tuesday, March 14, 2017

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