This rather attractive
building stands at 198 Vernon Street on the
junction with Austin Street in Over Stoke. To the left of the image in
the rear of Vernon
Street Co-operative store:
the first such shop to
open in Ipswich.
Austin Street elevation high up on the gable
(above left) has a terra cotta moulded surround with scrolls and the
shell decoration, one can just make out that there are letterforms
visible. Our close-up below with the raking morning sunshine shows that
it once read:
Although it is clear
that somebody has roughly filled the characters and the whole painted
over in the dominant yellow.
itself tells its own story. This public house
had its name changed for some time to 'The Orwell Mariner'. According
to the Suffolk CAMRA website (see Links): "The
Orwell Mariner name came about
in the 1980s, when Ipswich Borough Council threatened to close the pub
down because of its "racist" name; a "fact" strangely lost on the pub's
black clientèle (of whom there were many). Evidently the (no
doubt white) person who made the ruling had never read Harriet Beecher
Stowe's anti-slavery classic."
only licensed as a beerhouse, according to
the Ipswich licensing records the pub got its full licence on Februay
29 1960. The earliest licencee is listed as George Hartridge in 1871.
gable above the front door things become
clearer: the brewery logo:
sits in a
semicircle of terra cotta moulding with a
word separated by a 'decimal point'. The
lower wording is decorative with curving, elongated serifs on the 'C',
'L', 'E' and a real whiplash on the lower curve of the 'S'.
sit between art nouveau scrolling and all looks as if it was intended
to be gold against a black backgound panel, but the colour contrast is
not that great now.
We think that the logo is that of Steward & Patteson Ltd,
Pockthorpe Brewery, Barrack Street, Norwich. This company dates back to
the 1790s and in 1963 was taken over by Watneys and eventually ceased
brewing in January 1970. They seem to have had a variety of logos, some
of which can still be found on old public houses. Our example
particularly fine: exuberant interlaced characters with curling serifs.
Cabin, which appears to have closed in May
2012, also has frosted windows which appear to be original. On the
Austin Street side are: 'WINES', 'SPIRITS' and on each successive
window at the front, including the glazed door: 'U', 'T' and 'C' (for
the pub's initials). On the Vernon Street windows (shown above) are
'BEERS' and a repeat of the initials in one window: 'UTC'.