The Globe Public House
4 St Georges Street
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.
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
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:
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
"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
Here is a skewed/retouched/enhanced version of the sign:
Historic England's website shows this building at no.
24. Listed Grade II: 'A C17 timber-framed and plastered building with a
jettied upper storey. Refronted in the C18 or early C19 and altered
later. 2 storeys, attics and cellars. 2 window range, double-hung
sashes with vertical glazing bars, in flush cased frames on the 1st
storey and mullioned and transomed casements on the ground storey. Roof
tiled, with one gabled dormer.'
See also our page Cobbold's
Ales & Spirits for another (very faint) version of this
namestyle in St Peters Street; also the Tattingstone
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
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
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