Closed: after 1937
grid reference TL 962 404
It's shown on this old OS map from about the end of the 19th century. interactive map
The building dates from the 16th or 17th century.
Closure date unknown, but clearly after 1937 as we have found reference to it in that year.
An incidence occurred at Boxford Chequers Inn, a boy brought in a nest of young rats and threw one down to a cat which had kittens, instead of destroying it the cat carried it to her kittens and suckled it for three weeks, whenever it strayed from the nest she brought it back.Bury & Norwich Post, May 18th 1803**
Auction of Household Furniture of the late Mr c, of the Chequers Inn, Boxford, including 1200 gallons of Superior Old Beer, by Order of the ExecutorsIpswich Journal, September 23rd 1859***
The license for the Chequers, Boxford, was granted to Mr H Meggs, at the Boxford Petty Sessions.Ipswich Journal, Dec 1885**
The chequerboard as a pub sign may have its origins from Roman taverns when a board game like draughts was often advertised and played. It may also be an ancient sign to indicate the landlord was a money-lender or could offer secure storage for a travellers valuables.
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(some old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)
(** report reproduced with kind permission from Foxearth & District Local History Society)
(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)
Old OS map reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.