The Globe Public House

Ipswich Historical Lettering: Globe pub 2a

St Georges Street north of the centre of Ipswich has a long history with connections to the Ipswich martyrs. The long-disappeared, pre-Conquest Chapel of St George stood in the street which today bears its name (it was known at one time as Globe Lane). You can identify the Chapel on Spede's map of 1610. The street runs gently uphill from where St Matthews Street runs into Crown Street, with the top joining Fonnereau Road near the Greyhound public house. The conversion (by Ipswich Borough Council) of the former Salem Chapel about half way down St Georges Street into the New Wolsey Studio (theatre space) revealed a baptism pool which survives below the present day flooring. The building at the bottom of the street, which many will recognise, is the former Globe public house.

Ipswich Historical Lettering: Globe pub 3 Ipswich Historical Lettering: Globe pub 5
Despite many years of neglect, then an excellent restoration by the Ipswich Building Preservation Trust (see Links), this building still bears a cement cartouche on its frontage where either the recessed letters have been filled in with a compound, or raised lettering has been chipped away and the surface painted with masonry paint. Fortunately for us the job wasn't done all that well and in a raking autumn light in 2009 with the sun over the site of the Civic Centre we noticed that there are readable characters - or their shadows:
'COBBOLD'S
ALES
&
SPIRITS'
The word 'Cobbold's' curves over the top and there's definitely a tapered underline below the word 'Cobbold's' and the final 'Spirits'. The words 'Ales .. &' are very difficult to make out but the example from nearby Hadleigh (below) gives us confidence that this is the correct reading the on The Globe.

The Suffolk CAMRA website (see Links) gives this information:
"opened 1579 or earlier
closed 1958 (21 Sept)
last owner: Cobbold
24-26 St Georges St, IP1
grid reference: TM 160 448
listed building grade: II
Also listed in Globe Lane (in 1844 + 1871).
The building is owned by the Ipswich Building Preservation Trust, who have some interesting photographs on their website." Their website (see Links) does indeed have some fine photographs of the exterior and interior before and after restoration with additional information. The restored Globe building has been used in recent times as a hairdressers, office and private residence. Below left: a period photograph of The Globe as a public house with lettering picked out in paint and clearly visible. This suggests that the original characters were originally standing out from the cartouche in relief.


 Ipswich Historic Lettering: Globe pub period pic
Here is a skewed/retouched/enhanced version of the sign:
Ipswich Historic Lettering: Globe pub period enhance
See also our page Cobbold's Ales & Spirits for another (very faint) version of this namestyle in St Peters Street; also the Tattingstone White Horse.

While researching The Globe's vestigial pub lettering we discovered the informative Brewery History Society website (see Links) which shows another example of similar lettering in High Street, Hadleigh: formerly the  Shoulder of Mutton public house. Hadleigh now has its own page and images.

Thomas Cobbold founded his Harwich Brewery in 1723. This was 134 years before it merged with the Tollemache Breweries Ltd to become 'Tolly Cobbold' by which time it was brewing beers on Cliff Quay. Cobbold's made the move from Harwich to Ipswich to take advantage of the natural spring waters which fed the pools in the Cobbold family parkland, now Holywells Park. The brewery itself has a fascinating history including a working steam engine used to pump the waters to the top of the brewery building. So this lettering is pre-1957.

For more IBPT projects see the links on our Blue plaques below the 'Beecholme' entry.
See also the Pubs & Off-licences page and the Tolly Cobbold House & Brewery pages.


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