See how former Haven pub in Ipswich has been transformed
PUBLISHED: 10:03 21 September 2017 | UPDATED: 10:03 21 September 2017
When Ipswich brewers Tolly Cobbold went on the expansion trail in the 1930s they built some rather grand pubs, in Ipswich and beyond, in a mock baronial style.
It was a golden age for pub-going. Television hadn’t arrived to keep people at home in the evenings - pubs, the cinemas and dance halls were the big areas where people found their entertainment.
These impressive new pubs, which included The Haven in Felixstowe Road, had large bar areas and function rooms, and beer gardens for the warmer days.
The red brick gables and chimney are said to be based on Helmingham Hall, the stately home of the Tollemache family.
There are fewer of these pubs now, as society and pub-going habits have changed.
The Haven was at the heart of its community in earlier times. More recently it became The Crown, and it had been threatened with demolition.
But experienced local property developer Duncan Foster has saved the building and turned it into luxury homes.
The main building will be three large townhouses, of five, four and three bedrooms, and there will be one new build home linked on the end of the new terrace.
Mr Foster said: “It has taken about nine months so far.
“It has been hard work. I think I have enjoyed it more than any other building project I have done.
“We have taken more than 500 tonnes of rubble out of the pub, by hand and wheelbarrow.
“It is great to see it really coming together.
“We are really, really pleased with it. I am proud of what has been achieved, and the teamwork involved.
“There are always unexpected things in a conversion project, which cost more of course.
“We have got good people who have worked with us for 15 years, who are really exceptional.”
The homes have new double glazed aluminium windows and original stonework decorations.
In the garden of the new build house, the original clock tower will remain as a feature.
There are wrought iron railings at the front of the homes and parking at the rear.
Estate agent Jason Sewell, of Fenn Wright, added: “This is a very special building which has been saved. It is a great landmark again.”
Prices for the available homes range from £310,000 to £395,000.
An open day will be held on Saturday, September 30, from 10am to noon.