closed 31st August 1877
grid reference TL 783 868
The Chequers was a Commercial Inn & Posting House; the building is now known as Connaught House. In 1780, stagecoaches from Swaffham were advertised as calling here.
The building dates from the early 19th century, with late 19th century alterations.
The Chequer at Brandon Suffolk, to be lett, now in the Occupation of Francis Armiger, who has been tenant about 15 years. Enquire of John Brewster and Son.pswich Journal, October 20th 1753***
A reference appears in the Ipswich Journal, November 14th 1767***, to The Chequer Inn at Brandon, to be lett. Enquire of J. Brewster.
Thomas SMITH has lately entered the Chequers Inn, Brandon and thanks his friends for their liberal support during his residence at The Crown Inn, Downham Market.Ipswich Journal, June 15th 1808***
The Chequers, Brandon, to be let, with about 44 acres of most excellent pasture land - Apply to Mr Robert CLARK, Brandon.Ipswich Journal, April 6th 1814***
In 1830 the "Hero" coach from Fakenham to London called here every day at 11am…
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)
(1872 BSE Record Office details from Ken Griffin)
(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)
(Slater's Royal National and Commercial Directory 1850 from Ken Griffin)