The Golden Key

438 Woodbridge Road, Ipswich. The public house on the corner of Woodbridge Road and Cauldwell Hall Road was been the subject of closure proposals by the owners Green King and a petition and demonstration against it. In 2013 the pub closed, to be demolished or converted to make way for a supermarket. See The Emperor for a similar and contemporaneous story.  The Golden Key is a building with little apparent promise for historic lettering, but the windows are of some interest.

Ipswich Historic Lettering: Golden Key 42012 images   Ipswich Historic Lettering: Golden Key shopLate 2013 image   
On the corner window some deco-style leaded lights embody lettering in marbled, opaque blue glass which recalls pre-smoking ban fug-filled bars:
'SMOKE
ROOM'
Ipswich Historic Lettering: Golden Key 3
The equivalent widow is at the rear of the pub:
'SALOON
BAR'
Unusually for stained glass, these signs are designed to be read from outside the building.
Ipswich Historic Lettering: Golden Key 1   Ipswich Historic Lettering: Golden Key 2
As so often for local public house information the Suffolk CAMRA website (see Links) tells us that the earliest listing of this pub is 1855, as The Key Inn. The Golden Key is a reference to St Peter: "I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven" (Mathew 16:18) and this source is reflected in the pub sign image.

[UPDATE: September 2013. Sadly, this public house and two other locals (The Emperor and The Heathlands) are all being converted into supermarkets. This has resulted in the loss of the lettered deco windows, so they join the 'These we have lost' section.]

The Duke of York has engraved glass lettering and The Old Bell frosted glass lettering. See also our Pubs & Offlicences page for more examples.


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