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Hopton Chequershistorical closure era: mid 20th century
closed between 1958 and 1976
The Chequers is shown on OS maps at least as late as 1958, but by the 1976 sheet it's shown as "Chequer House", so presumably must have closed between those dates.
A Survey of Suffolk Parish History reports that the pub was recorded as existing as far back as 1739.
The pub can be seen on this old OS map from about the end of the 19th century. larger map
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)
(** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)
Old OS map reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.
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.