Hopton Chequers

Hopton Chequers

South East, 52.37461,0.91552

Closed: between 1958 and 1976

opened pre-1739

Fen St

grid reference TL 985 791

The pub can be seen on this old OS map from about the end of the 19th century. interactive map

old OS map

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. We can be certain it had closed by June 1979, as it's referred to as "The old Chequers" in a planning application lodged then.

A Survey of Suffolk Parish History reports that the pub was recorded as existing as far back as 1739.





Historical interest

Historical interest





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

(** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)

Old OS map reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.