Bungay King's Head
Bungay King's Head
Closed after 2000
Market Place, NR35 1AF
grid reference TM 336 898
It's shown (though unnamed) on this old OS map from about 1903 (interactive map)
Found closed with everything but the bar counter removed when visited late June 2015. In February 2016 it was announced that the building had been bought by the Bungay Castle Trust and was going to be turned into a museum and heritage centre.
This was a prominent town centre hotel which had 15 letting rooms and à la carte menu in the restaurant. There was live music at weekends.
The building dates from the early 18th century, though there was an inn on the site since the 16th century. The original building, along with much of the town centre, was destroyed in the Great Fire of Bungay in March 1688.
Former Commercial inn, Family hotel and Posting House.
A reference appears in the Ipswich Journal*** on July 12th 1746 to Mr Samuel Botwright at the King's Head, Bungay.
Died, 7 August 1815, Mrs DARKE, widow of the late Mr Wm. DARKE, formerly of the King's Head Inn, Bungay & of the Angel Inn, YarmouthIpswich Journal, August 9th 1815***
To be sold by auction, the life interest of Mr Matthias Abel, a bankrupt, aged about 54, of and in all that Public Inn, called the King’s head Inn, Bungay, with a new built warehouse, and barbers shop adjoining, chaise houses, stables, and yards and now in the occupations of Barnabas Boyce, Samuel Leegood and Matthias Abel. There were a further 9 lots belonging to Mr Abel which included his life interest in a seal or pew in the church of St. Mary…
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(some old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)
(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)
(**** Last Orders is a free local newsletter - published by Suffolk CAMRA members since 1978)
Old OS map reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.