In the light of the government announcement of March 20th, all pubs are now closed until further notice.
Some of them may well still be offering a takeaway beer service and some others will also be selling food takeaways, perhaps even with delivery. If you can give any of our pubs some support through these terrible times by buying some takeaway food or drink, please do so. Our pubs need as much support of possible if they're going to still be there for us when the crisis is over.
Beccles Cross Keys
Beccles Cross Keys
Closed between 1965 and 1974.
opened 1730 or earlier
grid reference TM 422 901
This building seems to be a rebuild of the pub, which is listed as far back as 1730, as it was described as "newly erected" at a sale in 1855.
It's still listed in licensing records as late as 1965, though other records suggest it had closd by 1974.
The address we list is from the 1909 rates records. It's shown (but not named) on this OS town plan of 1884.
To be lett, the Cross Keys in Beccles, being an old accustom'd Publick-House, situate on the London Road.Ipswich Journal, May 7th 1757***
To be sold, the Cross Keys in Beccles. Enquire of John Farr in Beccles.Ipswich Journal, May 21st 1757***
To be lett, the Cross Keys, Beccles, with or without a Piece of pasture Land adjoining. Enquire of Mr John Farr, junior of Beccles.Ipswich Journal, April 28th 1759***
Died on the 23rd December 1869, at Beccles, Mr James Dunscombe, landlord of the Cross Keys Inn, aged 56.Ipswich Journal, January 1870**
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources credited)
Some information from records transcribed by Foxearth & District Local History Society.
(some old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)