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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.

Hopton Chequers

Hopton Chequers

Closed between 1958 and 1976.

opened pre-1739

Fen St

grid reference TL 985 791

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

old OS map

Map

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Historical interest

Historical interest

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Landlords

Landlords

Footnote

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)

(old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)

(** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)

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