The Lion's Head

Olde worlde ersatz pub lettering on windows which looks convincing. We include them here as an example of nostalgic decoration which can also be seen on the genuinely very old (16th or 17th century) Spread Eagle public house in Eagle Street.

Ipswich Historic Lettering: Lions Head 6   Ipswich Historic Lettering: Lions Head 52012 images    
Since around 1910 the public house which stood at the junction of Freehold Road and Cauldwell Hall Road (opposite the jaws of Marlborough Road) was The Lion's Head, but in 2012 it is called 'The Old Times Guest House'. We noticed the frosted glass lettering in the ground floor windows and it was only when these photographs were taken in November 2012 that it became clear (no pun intended) that they were stick-on vinyls. Almost certainly.
Ipswich Historic Lettering: Lions Head 1
On the Freehold Road side (you can see the reflection of the '1900' grocery shop opposite):
'WINES ... SPIRITS'
and the next window:
'ALES ... STOUT'
Ipswich Historic Lettering: Lions Head 2
The shaped 'frosting' here is very convincing; the words advertise the licenced premises wares and provide a certain privacy for those drinkers within.
The corner single sash window pane has:
'PUBLIC BAR'
Ipswich Historic Lettering: Lions Head 3
and on the Cauldwell Hall Road frontage:
'TEA ROOMS'
Ipswich Historic Lettering: Lions Head 4
Some might say that the owners have gone a bit over the top by the time we get to 'Tea Rooms'. There are several other windows at this level which have had the more plain 'frosted' panels added to them.
The only other frosted/engraved glass lettering on pubs we know of is The Old Bell in Over Stoke and The Duke of York in Woodbridge Road. The old chemist shop in Fore Street has a frosted name.

Further up Cauldwell Hall Road is a monogrammed date on the Co-op shop. See also Marlborough Road house names and Cauldwell Hall Road house names.



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