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See how former Haven pub in Ipswich has been transformed

PUBLISHED: 10:03 21 September 2017 | UPDATED: 10:03 21 September 2017

The Haven Hotel at the junction of Felixstowe Road and Ransome Road, Ipswich, in July 1974. Picture: ARCHANT

The Haven Hotel at the junction of Felixstowe Road and Ransome Road, Ipswich, in July 1974. Picture: ARCHANT

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When Ipswich brewers Tolly Cobbold went on the expansion trail in the 1930s they built some rather grand pubs, in Ipswich and beyond, in a mock baronial style.

The former Haven Hotel has been turned into homes. Picture: FENN WRIGHT The former Haven Hotel has been turned into homes. Picture: FENN WRIGHT

It was a golden age for pub-going. Television hadn’t arrived to keep people at home in the evenings - pubs, the cinemas and dance halls were the big areas where people found their entertainment.

These impressive new pubs, which included The Haven in Felixstowe Road, had large bar areas and function rooms, and beer gardens for the warmer days.

The red brick gables and chimney are said to be based on Helmingham Hall, the stately home of the Tollemache family.

There are fewer of these pubs now, as society and pub-going habits have changed.

A bathroom in one of the homes at the former Haven pub. Picture: FENN WRIGHT A bathroom in one of the homes at the former Haven pub. Picture: FENN WRIGHT

The Haven was at the heart of its community in earlier times. More recently it became The Crown, and it had been threatened with demolition.

But experienced local property developer Duncan Foster has saved the building and turned it into luxury homes.

The main building will be three large townhouses, of five, four and three bedrooms, and there will be one new build home linked on the end of the new terrace.

Mr Foster said: “It has taken about nine months so far.

A bathroom in The Follies at the former Haven pub. Picture: ARCHANT A bathroom in The Follies at the former Haven pub. Picture: ARCHANT

“It has been hard work. I think I have enjoyed it more than any other building project I have done.

“We have taken more than 500 tonnes of rubble out of the pub, by hand and wheelbarrow.

“It is great to see it really coming together.

“We are really, really pleased with it. I am proud of what has been achieved, and the teamwork involved.

The hallway at The Follies in the former Haven pub. Picture: FENN WRIGHT The hallway at The Follies in the former Haven pub. Picture: FENN WRIGHT

“There are always unexpected things in a conversion project, which cost more of course.

“We have got good people who have worked with us for 15 years, who are really exceptional.”

The homes have new double glazed aluminium windows and original stonework decorations.

In the garden of the new build house, the original clock tower will remain as a feature.

Jason Sewell in the garden of the show house at The Follies, Felixstowe Road. It was the former Haven pub. Picture: DAVID VINCENT Jason Sewell in the garden of the show house at The Follies, Felixstowe Road. It was the former Haven pub. Picture: DAVID VINCENT

There are wrought iron railings at the front of the homes and parking at the rear.

Estate agent Jason Sewell, of Fenn Wright, added: “This is a very special building which has been saved. It is a great landmark again.”

Prices for the available homes range from £310,000 to £395,000.

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