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.
Ipswich King's Head
Ipswich King's Head
also traded as Old King's Head
14 King St
grid reference TM 161 445
The King's Head was demolished to make way for the Corn Exchange in 1880, together with adjacent Sickle. This was one of the town's most ancient inns; one of only 24 to appear on a town assessment of 1689. It's claimed**** that King Street takes its name from the inn. It was a notorious venue for cock-fighting in the 18th century.
One of several pubs in the town that used to host cock-fighting in eighteenth and early nineteenth century. This bloody spectacle could last several hours and was eventually banned in 1835. A one time it was particularly popular as a form of gambling and bouts were often held during festival days and during the Ipswich horse racing week.
These premises were listed in the 1844 White's Directory, with carriers operating from the inn to Bergholt.…
A reference appears in Ipswich Journal, November 6th & 13th 1725***, to the King's Head. Ipswich.
A reference appears in Ipswich Journal, February 10th 1733***, to the King's Head in Ipswich.
A reference appears in the Ipswich Journal, January 31st 1736***, to the Kings Head in Ipswich
A reference appears in the Ipswich Journal, October 8th 1736***, to the Kings Head tavern in Ipswich…
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)
(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)
(***** information supplied by Neil Langridge)